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May 17, 2007

U.S. Company H-1B Fees and Taxes Support Education

Policy Spotlight

Opponents of the H-1B visa program often criticize participating employers for recruiting foreign professionals to perform highly specialized jobs, generally those that require expertise in finance or science. Instead, they argue, the U.S. government and U.S. businesses should focus on funding programs that train American citizens to perform these jobs themselves. Yet, as a recent policy brief from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) points out, there is no reason that U.S. businesses cannot concurrently recruit the foreign talent they need using H-1B visas and contribute to efforts to enhance U.S. math and science education.

In fact, American businesses are already doing just that. Through a combination of taxes, H-1B training and scholarship fees, and charitable contributions, employers of H-1B workers have already contributed billions of dollars to improve educational opportunities in math and science for U.S. citizens. According to NFAP analysis, the total amount of H-1B fees paid toward training and scholarships for American citizens since 1999 (when such fees were instituted) will exceed $1.75 billion by the end of this year.

Moreover, major employers of H-1B workers, such as Microsoft and Intel, have taken the lead in better equipping American schools and students through charitable contributions. Since its inception, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed more than $3 billion in grants to improve education in the United States, and the Intel Corporation spends approximately $100 million annually on U.S. math and science education. On a broader level, U.S. businesses contribute over $91 billion a year in state and local taxes that fund public education. It would certainly seem that employment of H-1B workers and substantial support of American education are not mutually exclusive.

Read the entire NFAP Policy Brief: U.S. Company H-1B Fees and Taxes to Support Education; http://www.nfap.net/pdf/0507brief-business-immigration.pdf

Posted by VisaLawyer at May 17, 2007 06:41 AM

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