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Most H-1B workers hired by the US mainstream media

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

 H-1B, the US work visa for foreign skilled workers has become a controversial topic ever since the Trump Administration took over in January 2017. Immediately thereafter, in April 2017, President Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order led to sweeping changes in the American visa issuing system. The fate of many talented Indians working in the U.S. or harboring ambitions of making it big in the Silicon Valley is constantly under threat with these frequent changes. 

A glimmer of hope now comes from fact that the mainstream media in America employs the maximum number of H-1B workers. This report by Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) suggests that major newspapers, wire services and broadcast organizations hire many H-1B visa holders in the US. 

CIS checked a dozen media entities in the US, out of which three were major newspapers, three wire services, six broadcasting organizations. During the period of 2014-2018, the number of green cards filed by these media firms and average H-1B salary offered turned out to be much higher in comparison with other sectors which absorbed H-1B workers. 

 

This data released by myvisajobs.com suggests that out of every three workers, employers hired one H-1B holder. A substantial amount of H-1B hiring and green card conversions happened in the US media firms during 2014 and 2018. Many of these job roles earned six-figure salaries. In majority of the cases, the media operators were hiring foreign talent for the IT and business people, not journalists. 

The database referred by CIS included direct hires only. It is interesting to note that many H-1B holders are involved in contractual work arrangement with outsourcing companies, but these workers are paid less in comparison to direct hires. In fact, 10 out of 12 companies that hired H-1B holders are for-profit organizations. 

By curbing the flow of H-1B visa holders, the incumbent administration is making it difficult for American companies across sectors to source the right talent for their specific needs.


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