Google, Meta, Amazon hire low-paid foreign workers after US layoffs: report
The Alphabet-owned search engine submitted applications for dozens of foreign workers who were seeking to fill roles including software engineers, analytical consultants, user experience researchers, and others, Fang wrote in his Substack newsletter on Tuesday.
The Google-owned self-driving outfit Waymo also received government approval for H-1B visa applications for engineering jobs, according to Fang.
The newly employed workers from overseas will begin working at the company as soon as Aug. 17, Fang reported.
Other firms including Meta, Amazon, Zoom, Salesforce, Microsoft, and Palantir have also filed for more H-1B applications, according to Fang.
The Post has sought comment from all of these companies.
H-1B visas, which are used by software engineers and others in the tech industry, have been a lightning rod in the immigration debate, with critics saying they are used to undercut US citizens and legal permanent residents.
They are issued for three years and can be extended another three years.
The number of applications for visas used in the technology industry soared for a second straight year, raising “serious concerns” that some are manipulating the system to gain an unfair advantage, authorities said last month.
According to Fang, tech firms have hired lobbyists to pressure lawmakers and the Biden administration to expand the number of H-1B visas that are issued.
There were 780,884 applications for H-1B visas in this year’s computer-generated lottery, up 61% from 483,927 last year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a message to “stakeholders.”
Last year’s haul was up 57% from 308,613 applications the year before.
Each year, up to 85,000 people are selected for H-1B visas.
Source: NYPost Technology