Exempt from the H-1B temporary work immigration visa cap, US universities have become one of the biggest employer industries in the US. Recent data indicates that universities in the US have bypassed the annual cap of 85,000 H-1B visa quota; 65,000 for foreign immigrants and 20,000 for domestic workers. In addition, data says that educational institutions have hired around 100,000 workers in the last five years.
According to Breitbart News ‘H-1B hires include 21,754 professors, lecturers and instructors, 20,566 doctors, clinicians and therapists, 25,175 researchers, post-docs and biologists, plus 30,000 financial planners, public relations experts, writers, editors, sports coaches, designers, accountants, economists, statisticians, lawyers, architects, computer experts and much else.’ Legally, universities do not have any obligation to hire American workers as per the law passed by former US President George W. Bush in 2006. They can hire white-collar professionals at low wages to work for outsourced jobs at universities. Most of these foreign workers do not immigrate permanently to the US but go back once their contract is done with.
Just last year, from January to December 2015, educational institutions hired 18,109 H-1B visas; while year 2014 hired 17,739; year 2013 hired 16,750; year 2012 hired 14,216; year 2011 hired 14,484, and 13,842 in the year before that.
Apart from H-1B hire, studying in the US allows for a post study work visa called ‘Optimal Training Program’ to students on the F-1 study visa to work for a duration of 12 months or 29 months, depending on the duration of the program.
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