H1B system is not broken and is working as intended
I have been doing some thinking about the H1B program and I want to share my thoughts with the community.
In my opinion, the H1B system is not broken and is working as intended. Bear with me as I try to explain why.
I want you to think about this from the perspective of 1) American employers and 2) the American state.
Employer Perspective: H1B program provides employers with a steady stream of young tech talent who are willing to work hard. The employers have a reasonable amount of control over this employee through the visa and GC sponsorship. As a cohort of H1Bs starts to age, the employer can replace this talent with fresher, younger talent which is trained in the latest tech and is willing to work hard.
From the American State’s perspective, keeping H1Bs on a long wait for GC is advantageous. A young tech worker arrives in his 20s, gets trained at an American University and works at an American company. He contributes to the overall economy by participating(consumption: cars, homes, etc) and paying taxes. As this young tech worker ages he has still not received his GC and his skills are becoming obsolete. By now, this worker is also tired of the H1B system and is now thinking of moving back to his home country. He will be replaced by a younger, more eager and more recently trained tech worker. This way the US doesn’t have to provide citizenship, GC and later pay Social Security for this worker. This cycle continues generation after generation. USA gets the most productive years out of tech workers and they return back(self deport) as they age. As long as there are high TC paying companies, the US can continue to use its leverage in attracting young talent without giving them GC.
Agree/Disagree? What are your thoughts?