Intel has used the same excuse as other technology companies – it just can’t find enough high-skilled American workers to fill the employment needs.
From 2010 to 2015, Intel filed requests for up to 8,351 H-1B visas, plus 5,172 applications for permanent green cards – for a total of 14,523 foreign professionals requested.
Now, the company says there is a need for restructuring, and has announced that 12,000 employees will be laid off – all American employees. The story doesn’t add up, however. Breitbart reports the company’s first-quarter 2016 profits were 14 percent above predictions.
Intel’s hires are not lower-status “tech workers,” such as software-testers or software-maintenance programmers. Instead, Intel imported foreign college-graduates for prestigious jobs such as electronics engineers, industrial engineers or computer and information research scientists. These H-1B workers can stay for six years, or longer, and some get Green Cards, which grant lifetime work permits.
There’s no shortage of U.S. engineers looking for jobs at Intel, reports Breitbart. For example, on April 21, Indeed.com offered resumes of 16,576 people seeking jobs as electronics engineers in Santa Clara, Calif., the company’s home town.
For its part, Intel claims that the H-1B visa program is a good thing for the country and,according to Intel spokesperson Lisa Malloy, “sustains our national competitiveness, drives economic growth, and creates jobs in the process.”
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