Claiming the United States doesn't have enough skilled IT workers to meet American companies' increasing demands, Microsoft has called on the feds to issue 20,000 more H-1B visas and 20,000 additional green cards per year to help fill the gap.

The recommendation does not sit well with the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), which has accused Microsoft of fudging the labor numbers to create the illusion of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills shortage. The EPI argues that opening the floodgates to IT talent from overseas will exacerbate STEM unemployment rates in the United States.

By Ted Samson in Info World

H-1B visas

Updated: Tue, Nov 20th 2012 @ 3:18pm EST