Google submitted somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 H-1B applications this April for 2009.
Last year, 248 of its visa applications were accepted by the Labor Department. But thats not all. Around 70, which is more than 25%, were rejected, according to Wolfe, who is Google’s global mobility manager.
The company has no definite plans on how many applications it plans to file each year. Depending on the business, if it grows or is expected to grow in a certain field, they add more bodies in the department.
When the business is good (or exceptionally good in the case of Google!) they seek to attract, hire, and retain the world’s top talent, both U.S.-born and non-U.S.-born. Google is committed to hiring the best and brightest employees, regardless of country of origin.
Wolfe, the mobility manager also offered a couple of examples of the numerous “incredibly talented” employees it has hired and trained in the U.S. under the H-1B visa program.
Originally from Turkey, Orkut Buyukkokten joined Google in 2002 through the H-1B program after earning a Ph.D. at Stanford. Today, tens of millions of users make use of “Orkut,” the social networking service he developed. Buyukkokten received his Green Card for permanent residency after spending four years in the States as an H-1B visa holder, Wolfe related.
After earning his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech, Krishna Bharat — originally from India — joined Google in 1999 through the H-1B program. “He was one of the chief creators of Google News and today serves as Google’s Principal Scientist. He too has received his Green Card for permanent residency.
I can proclaim without a shred of doubt that the internet (and web technology) landscape would have been definitely different had all this foreign born talent been kept away from pursuing the American oppurtunity.
There is a reason why the system and process for introduced but if there are some holes that need to be plugged, it certainly doesn’t mean the whole system/process of seeking & retaining talent should be dropped like a hot potato.
America needs to fix these loop holes continually and ensure the results are what were intended.