Older IT pros pushed aside by younger H-1B workers

H-1B visas go primarily to people who are under 35, suggesting that the threat of age discrimination may be central to much of the hostility surrounding the controversial program.

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The H-1B visa program sparks debate on many fronts, but age may be at the heart of the discord: The foreign workers who use the visa to come to the U.S. are overwhelmingly young.

Of all the H-1B applications approved by the U.S. last year, nearly 75% were for people who were 34 years old or younger. Of that group, 38% were 29 years old or younger, according to government data.

Does H-1B use affect the composition of workforces? It's hard to say. In recent years, many major technology companies -- including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce and Facebook -- have been reporting the demographics of their personnel because they're aware of the importance of diversity, but they haven't included data about the age range of their employees.

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