Software king of the world, Microsoft is leaning on its chums in the White House in a bid to get more Indian programmers shipped over to Redmond.
It is joining its chums Oracle, Google, Cisco, and Intel who are giving Senators a Chinese burn until they agree to say "uncle" and pass stalled legislation to end per-country caps on employment-based green cards.
Writing in his blog, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith generally said that the the green card system is not up to snuff as valued professionals are spending a decade or more mired in backlogs.
Government officials are warning that individuals born in India and China were taking much longer to process than Christian white people from Europe. Which is annoying, as Microsoft wants talent and it does not really care about nationality or colour.
Smith wants the Senate to pass the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 3012), which sailed through the House of Representatives in November with a 389-15 vote.
It would make the 140,000 employment-based green cards that the US issues each year available on a first come, first served basis rather than allocating to a single country no more than seven seven percent of the total work-related green cards issued.
Microsoft wants to see more H-1B visas made available to foreign tech workers. The government currently caps the annual number at 65,000, not including 20,000 set aside for foreign graduates of US universities.