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U.S. law allows low H-1B wages; just look at Apple

If you work at Apple's One Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino as a computer programmer on an H-1B visa, you can can be paid as little as $52,229.

That's peanuts in Silicon Valley.

Average wages for a programmer in Santa Clara County are more th...

IT worker who trained H-1B-holding replacement to run for Congress

Craig Diangelo was an IT worker at Northeast Utilities in Connecticut until he completed training his H-1B-visa-holding replacement. He was one of about 200 who lost their jobs in 2014 after two India-based IT offshore outsourcing firms took over th...

Uncle Sam backs down on slurping passwords from US visa hopefuls

State Dept asks public for comment on proposals to probe immigrants' online profiles The US State Department has asked the public to comment on changes to its immigrant vetting procedures – particularly the bit where it demands people's social media handles.…

Feds propose heightened social media vetting of visa applicants

Plan applies to applicants "who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny."

Infosys to hire 10,000 American workers

Political criticism has led to falling stock prices and new moves.

Infosys to hire 10,000 in the US in wake of H-1B...

Indian outsourcer Infosys is hiring 10,000 American workers over the next two years, in the wake of a review of U.S. visa rules and an emphasis on local hires by the administration of President Donald Trump.Infosys said Monday it will open four new “Technology and Innovation Hubs” in the U.S., focusing on cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, user experience, emerging digital technologies, cloud, and big data.[ Give in to the dark side: 10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss. | 9 lies programmers tell themselves. | 9 bad programming habits we secretly love. | For more work hijinks, subscribe to the Off the Record newsletter. ]The first such center is coming up in Indiana in August and is expected to create 2,000 jobs by 2021 for American workers, besides boosting the state economy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Trump’s first 100 days: The good, the bad, and the ugly...

NASA stalls, net neutrality goes on life support, coal wins, and pollution reigns.

Russian-controlled telecom hijacks financial services’ Internet traffic

Visa, MasterCard, and Symantec among dozens affected by "suspicious" BGP mishap.

FAQ: The real impact of Trump’s H-1B executive order

President Donald Trump is calling for "a long-overdue reform of H-1B visas." But what changes does he want, and can he get Congress to agree?Here's a look at some some of the key questions around Trump's visa reform effort and his "Hire American, Bu...

Trump’s H-1B executive order is PR, not policy

The executive order on H-1B visas that President Trump signed this week was loudly trumpeted as a win for American workers.
In reality, his “Buy American and Hire American” directive was more PR than policy.

The real fight over H-1B hasn’t even begun.As a candidate, Trump vowed to kill the H-1B visa program with “no exceptions.” His order instead calls on the Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department to submit a list of suggested reforms that would curb abuse of the system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Trump will sign executive order to begin revamp of H-1B visa...

Trump aides say the new directive is "buy American, hire American."

Trump to order wholesale H-1B reform

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday dubbed “Buy American, Hire American” that calls for sweeping reform of the H-1B visa process.Its centerpiece is the replacement of the H-1B lottery with a system that distributes visas on the basis of wages, skills and education.[ Give in to the dark side: 10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss. | Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.
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“We want to switch away from a random lottery system, in which it’s weighted toward the lowest wage workers, towards a system that prioritizes higher skilled, higher paid workers,” said a senior administration official, in a background briefing to reporters on the condition that officials not be identified.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here