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Thursday, June 23, 2011

How to Tell Whether Your Boss Plans to Replace You with an H1B Immigrant Worker

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 7:25 AM

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This week my column describes how San Francisco employers are looking to hire thousands of workers under the H1B visa program. It's reserved for companies needing to hire technical specialists that can't be found stateside.

But critics say the program is abused by employers who'd like to dismiss highly paid or older U.S. workers. Compliant, low-paid immigrants are better for profits.

Employers, meanwhile, say they can't fill certain jobs locally. Simply keeping the positions open would result in lost business, lost opportunities, and lost jobs for San Franciscans.

Snitch readers can fact-check their own companies.

In response to a public records request, SF Weekly obtained data from the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration which allow employees to see which positions their bosses are filling with foreign workers.

A Google Docs spreadsheet shows 17,872 California jobs which companies have recently sought to fill through the H1B visa program, allowing foreigners towork for a particular company for up to six years. It includes visa applications through April, which we've sorted in alphabetical order by city. This spreadsheet includes three individual data sheets. So if you don't find your company or hometown on sheet one, click on the tab that says "sheet two."

For readers who are well-versed in spreadsheets, here's a version of the same data, but in a form you can download and sort at will.

Here you can find a more easily searched trove of H1B data. But we can't guarantee that it's current as of April of this year.

Have fun. And by way of hypothetical example, if you happen to find a posting for a San Francisco senior editor position that you happen to occupy, it might be worth poking around a little further.

Readers who find interesting news worth reporting should feel welcome to e-mail Matthew.Smith@SFWeekly.com.

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