Most of the statistics used in this analysis come from the report entitled: Characteristics of H-1B Special Occupation Workers for Fiscal Year 2012, by Brian de Valance.
Section 426 © (2) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 requires that the Attorney General submits annually to the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives and the Senate information on the countries of origin, occupation, educational levels attained, and compensation paid to aliens who were issued visas under section 101 (a) (15) (H) 1 (b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act during the previous fiscal year.
US employers must file a Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the Department of Labor and then an H-1B petition with the USCIS.
The LCA specifies the job, salary, length, and location of employment.
Employers must agree to pay aliens the greater of the actual or prevailing wage for the position.
Foreigners must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. They will be admitted for a maximum period of six (6) years. If the alien goes back to his country for a year, he then becomes eligible to return to the United States with a new H-1B visa for another six years.
The H-1B visa category was enacted in 1990 by Congress and set a maximum of 65,000 H-1B visas issued yearly. This is called the H-1B cap. The H-1B visa Reform Act of 2004 mandated that up to 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of aliens that had earned masters or higher degrees would be exempt from the H-1B cap.
Thus, many foreign-born professors will stay in America longer or indefinitely with the help of the institution of learning which helps them change their status.
Much attention has been given to the very legitimate grievances of the IT workers at Disney, Microsoft, HP and elsewhere in Silicon Valley. Thousands of American IT workers have been replaced by IT workers from India through the improper use of the H-1B visas.
Young academics of the millennial generation are the second largest group in America being negatively impacted by the H-1B visa program. The media will not report how well-educated American-born graduate students, close to earning Ph.D. Degrees and busy writing dissertations, are victimized by the very universities that educate them. Their sin? Being American citizens.
Year after year, many of these young Americans are bypassed for teaching positions, even as Lecturers or Adjunct Professors. When they finally do get a teaching position, which is necessary to achieve the goal of receiving tenure, the yearly pay is nominal, below the minimum wage, and without health insurance benefits. Coffee pickers in the third world get better compensation than our young academics do here in the United States of America!
You would need to be in the world of academia to know the stories about well-loved and highly respected professors who got sick, couldn’t afford the health insurance to treat their cancer, heart condition, or kidney failure, and then faced grave consequences.
Many of these victims spent their entire working careers teaching at the same university where they got their Ph.D. degrees and never received any special consideration. This is an outrage!
With the terrible economy, our millennial youth have grown up with a severe lack of jobs available to them, and so many of them kept on educating themselves with the hope to better compete for the relatively few jobs at hand, yet totally unaware that they would be competing with millennials across the entire globe, and that they would be placed by them!
To make matters worse, when our young academics are awarded classes to teach, they don’t usually receive student assistants to help them do any of the tasks that professors do. This precludes them from getting another job to supplement their income.
Being a Lecturer or Adjunct Professor is a full-time job. He or she must prepare syllabi and lecture materials, give tests and exams, correct papers, and keep office hours for students to visit them when they need help. Most young academics celebrate and enjoy doing all of that because it is their vocation. But to people outside of the world of academics, it seems like a cruel initiation into a club that, with the H-1B Visa Act competition, denies them the fulfillment of their dreams and the rewards for their years of hard work! Their wealth and dreams instead are redistributed to the foreigners.
The tragedy in this is that most of these disrespected and abused millennial young professionals today were America’s valedictorians. Most were students with the highest GPAs in their high schools. No American Dream for them!
Here are some statistics about H-1B Visas:
61% go to workers in computer systems, such as analysts or programmers.
13% go to workers in higher education, such as professors.
72% go to aliens between the ages of 25 and 34.
46% of H-1B visa holders have Bachelor degrees.
53% of H-1B visa holders have a Master’s degree.
8% of H-1B visa holders have a doctoral degree.
4% of H-1B visa holders have a professional degree.
The median salary paid to H-1B visa holders is $70,000.00 a year.
The top 10 countries awarded H-1B visas in 2012 were:
India, Canada, South Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, China, Philippines, England, Japan, and France.
The Obama administration allowed universities and other industries to discriminate against our native-born professionals – and offered their foreign competitors and their wives and children the F1, F2A, F3 and other working visas so they, too, could compete against our own citizens looking for employment. Statistics show that in 2012 the government issued 22,000 F1s for spouses and children. 82,000 F2As were issued for children 21 years of age and older, and 23,455 F3s for other family members.
But there is hope on the horizon!
A change of vision has come from President Trump with his proclamation, “America First!” Thankfully, the H-1B visa issue is being carefully examined by his administration.
Nevertheless, students seeking careers in academia in the USA need to observe what happens with this H-1B visa situation. Budding professors should take the stance of “equal pay for equal work” and be less accepting of the excuses coming from their universities as to why foreign professors are more qualified and worthy of the $70,000 annual salary than they are.
Donors who give millions of dollars to universities should stop doing so until these universities stop this abuse of the American-born Lecturers and Adjunct Professors whose money is being redistributed to foreigners. That’s immoral and un-American!
With all of the jobs being created and brought back to America by the new Trump administration, we hereby urge companies and industries to recruit and to hire graduate students away from the world of academia and into private industry. Americans have to stop condoning anything that resembles slavery or discrimination.
The United States of America has blessed millions of people from all over the world, but we must also bless our own citizens. Most countries do that. The pervasive bias against our American professors needs to end!
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