Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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US Senator asks Microsoft to layoff H1-B employees

Microsoft H-1B workers may be first to lose jobs??

With plans to lay off 5,000 employees in the face of the global credit crisis, there have been calls to Microsoft asking workers on the H1B visa to be the first to go. In a letter to Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, Republican Senator, Chuck Grassley personally requested H1B employees be the first up for redundancy.

"During a layoff, companies should not be retaining H-1B or other work visa programme employees over qualified American workers," Grassley said.

A majority of the 60,000 H-1B visas issued every year go to India skilled professionals, with Microsoft being one of the major recipients.

"We care about all our employees, so we are providing services and support to try to help every affected worker, whether they are US workers or foreign nationals working in this country on a visa," said a Microsoft spokesperson.

The company has been a major supporter of the US visa service which allows overseas employees in specialty occupations to work in the US for up to six years.


  1. I am sure he knows how to run the MS business. Oh by the way, these aliens spend a whole lot and also contribute to the Social security and medicare programs without being entitled for benefits.


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