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Uncertainty For Local Tech Workers Over H1-B Visas And Green Card Backlog

Melissa Hellmann
Lokesh Marenayakanapalya, a software engineer at F5 Networks, says that there are about 30,000 high-skilled Indian green card applicants throughout Washington.

Conversations around immigration reform have come up a lot in the last few years. It's an issue that affects the Puget Sound region directly with thousands of highly-skilled workers from other countries living and working here because of the H1-B visa.Many of them are employed by tech companies such as Amazon and Microsoft, and go through a detailed reapplication process every three years.

Seattle Weekly reporter Melissa Hellmann profiled a few of these workers to find out what the process is like. And, as she explains to KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick, they can experience a lot of uncertainty each time they renew.

Kirsten Kendrick hosts Morning Edition on KNKX and the sports interview series "Going Deep," talking with folks tied to sports in our region about what drives them — as professionals and people.
Ariel first entered a public radio newsroom in 2004 while in school at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. It was love at first sight. After graduating from Bradley, she went on to earn a Master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Ariel has lived in Indiana, Ohio and Alaska reporting on everything from salmon spawning to policy issues concerning education. She's been a host, a manager and now rides shotgun with Kirsten Kendrick as the Morning Edition producer at KNKX.