Microsoft is so eager to find qualified engineers and programmers for its thousands of vacancies that it has offered to pay a bounty to the government in exchange for extra visas in order to import more foreign workers.
The proposal, which also would raise fees on other corporations seeking to tap the additional visas, was intended to help jump start immigration reform that had stalled in Congress. But the tactic may have backfired.
Microsoft's proposal has sparked concerns — both old and new — about the visa program that has allowed companies to recruit hundreds of thousands of well-educated foreign nationals to fill U.S. jobs.

By Kyung M. Song in The Seattle Times

High-Tech Worker Visas
H-1B visas

Updated: Mon, Nov 26th 2012 @ 12:42pm EST