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H-1B Loophole May Help California Utility Offshore IT Jobs

Southern California Edison is outsourcing part of its IT operations, and the jobs may be going overseas. Full Story »

U.S. Hits H-1B Cap with 'High Number' of Petitions

The U.S. government said today it has reached the H-1B cap, and if this year is similar to previous years, 70% of applicants are under the age of 35, and a major portion will take jobs at offshore outsourcing companies.

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5 Technology Initiatives and Reforms IT Wants in Washington

Leaders from Microsoft, Cisco and other tech players are pressing their agenda as they meet with the White House and Congress this week. Some initiatives have been years in the making -- and will take many more years to see through -- but other reforms may not be far off.


Offshore Firms Took 50% of H-1B Visas in 2013

Data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows clearly that the largest users of H-1B visas are offshore outsourcing firms.

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Early STEM Education Will Lead to More Women in IT

A leading advocate for introducing girls to computer science argues that educators must develop required programs at the K-12 level to resolve gender imbalance in the tech sector.


H-1B Visas Produce Net IT Job Boost

The high-tech industry contends that Congress' failure to raise the cap on H-1B visas is costing the U.S. an opportunity to create a new job every 43 seconds.

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As IT Presses for More H-1B Visas, Academics Question STEM Worker Shortage

Amid simmering debate in Washington over immigration reform, scholars challenge the notion that the United States faces a widespread shortage of workers educated in science, technology engineering and math.


Gates Sees Software Replacing People; Greenspan Calls for More H-1Bs

Bill Gates and Alan Greenspan, in separate forums, offered outlooks and prescriptions for fixing jobs and income.


Use of H-1B Alternative Skyrockets

In 2008, the U.S. government changed the rules on student visas and allowed foreign STEM students to work in the U.S. for up to to 29 months without an H-1B visa. The program quickly grew in popularity.

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Smaller, Shorter-Term Deals Shake Up IT Outsourcing Industry

It's not just cheaper prices pushing down IT outsourcing contract values. The 'new normal' for outsourcing presents risks and opportunities for customers and IT service providers.


Personal History May Thrust New Microsoft CEO Into Visa Debate

Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, was born in Hyderabad, India, one of that nation's largest IT centers, and graduated from Manipal University in India before heading to the U.S. to earn an advanced degrees in business and computer science.


GOP Presses Ahead on H-1B, Green Cards with Vague, Muddy Statement

Republican leaders on Thursday released a broad framework for immigration reform as difficult to understand, and about as long, as a Dead Sea scroll fragment.


Detroit Wants its Own High-Tech Visa

Detroit, a city in bankruptcy and dealing with a shrinking population, hopes to turn itself around with the help of 50,000 employment-based green cards.


10 IT Outsourcing Trends to Watch in 2014

IT outsourcing experts tell CIO.com what to expect in the year ahead. And if they're right, this could be the year customers -- and a few robots -- take greater control of the IT outsourcing space.


What's Next for India's Outsourcing Industry?

CIO.com talked to Som Mittal, departing president of India's National Association of Software and Services Companies, about immigration policy and protectionist politics in the U.S., political and economic instability at home, and what the future holds for the Indian IT services industry.