Programmers Guild Pushes for H-1B Transparency


A request for the public release of data containing the names of the
companies requesting H-1B temporary workers and the positions they are
being hired for was filed in a public letter to the Department of Labor
July 18 by the Programmers Guild, an IT advocacy group.

In the open letter to William Carlson, chief of the Division of
Foreign Labor Certification, Programmers Guild President Kim Berry
requested on behalf of the “displaced, unemployed, and underemployed
U.S. tech workers” that the FY 2007 LCA (Labor Conditions Applications)
database be made publicly viewable, so that U.S. tech workers can apply
for these positions while they are still open.

The next batch of H-1B workers whose temporary visas have been approved will arrive on October 1.

Berry reminded Carlson in the letter that “although LCAs are
public records, U.S. workers do not have access to these records,” and
likened the records’ lack of public availability to “choosing to
reserve 65,000 U.S. jobs exclusively for foreign workers.”

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