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Microsoft Supports H1B Visa Holders at Code Conference

Microsoft Supports H1B Visa Holders at Code Conference

Around 20 years ago, immigration regulators came knocking on Microsoft’s doors accusing the company of monopolistic practices, which Bill Gates, co-founder and Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive officer had to fight the decision. According to Brad Smith, chief legal officer, Microsoft, a similar thing is happening right now, and the only thing to do is make things work. He said that it takes a big ego and lot of hard work to make a startup work and before it is successful, you aren’t a successful anymore. It takes a lot of courage to compromise. Smith feels that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, going to Capitol Hill in May 2018 to testify in front of three Congressional committees was absolutely the right thing to do.

He noted that regulation will be in order. At Recode’s Code Conference, Smith spoke against Donald Trump, US president’s, plan to change the whole immigration system. The conference was held in Rancho Palos Verdes, California in the last week of May 2018. He thinks that it is a huge problem because The White House won’t be able to make a deal with the US Congress to end the DACA program or H1B visa program. His company is prepared for the worst as many of Microsoft’s employees are completely dependent on the H1B visa program to live and work in the United States.

President against immigration

Trump is hell-bent on removing the DACA program that was started by Barack Obama. The program issues permanent residency to children of illegal immigrants who are below 18 years of age. Smith said that Microsoft will stand behind their employees if Trump decides to do the unthinkable. Every year, the US government issues 65,000 general H1B visas and 20,000 H1B visas to skilled foreign workers with an advanced degree from an American university.

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