An H-1B visa is a temporary work permit for a highly skilled worker. It’s one of the main ways that companies in the Bay Area are able to hire immigrant workers for positions in fields like computer engineering and scientific research.
But these visas are subject to a strict quota set by the U.S. government – just 65,000 are allotted each year. And because demand is so high, getting one of these visas can prove very difficult for immigrant workers.
Some, including Bay Area technology companies, have argued that this quota needs to be expanded. Others worry that U.S. workers are losing out on highly-paid jobs.
We know that the H-1B visa matters to our readers in Northern California. Through this project, we’re going to get the resources to do the reporting that’s missing on this issue – a deep look at the lives of workers who successfully get a visa, and what happens to those who miss out.
Our reporting starts in the Bay Area, but we’ll follow the story abroad, too. We know that families back home are just as affected by the outcome of a visa application, so we’ll work to bring you their stories as well.
With your support, we’ll answer questions like:
What’s needed for a successful visa application? How do someone’s career options change – for better or worse – if he or she receives a visa?
What happens to those whose visa applications are unsuccessful? What’s the experience of having to leave the U.S. and find a job back home?
How do the outcomes of a visa application affect families abroad? What sort of connection do H-1B workers have with their families back home? How does that change if a visa is lost?
To do this story correctly, we know that a reporter needs the resources to spend time with these workers and to meet their families abroad. This crowdfunding campaign is a unique way to make those resources available. With your support, a reporter will be able to follow this story across the Bay Area and overseas. And by setting the budget at $15,000, we’ll have the resources to develop rich photos and videos to accompany the story as well.
And because The San Francisco Chronicle plans to edit and distribute this story in print and online, you’ll know that the reporting you support will reach decision makers and advocates on both sides of the issue.
Beacon has matching funds available for this project, which means that your support goes even further for free. Each pledge you make will unlock the same amount in matching funds. That means, when you pledge $100, you’re actually helping us get $200 closer to our crowdfunding goal.
The San Francisco Chronicle reserves all rights to publish or not publish the project, subject to its editorial discretion. By backing the project, you will not be given any equity interest in the San Francisco Chronicle or any of its affiliates entities nor will you be given any equity interest, assignment, license, right of access, right to review, right to approve or other interest of any kind in the project or any materials, information or sources relating to the project.
Thanks for backing this reporting project, The Faces Behind the H1-B Debate. In less than a week, we’ve nearly reached the halfway mark to our funding goal. We couldn’t have done it without your support, and we’ve appreciated seeing your thoughts, ideas and feedback about the project.
We have one more favor to ask. Now that you’ve backed the project, if you could take a moment and share the page via e-mail and social media. Telling people why you care about this kind of coverage goes a long way toward getting even more readers on board. If you’re really excited, send an e-mail. More than 75 percent of pledges in a crowdfunding campaign come from e-mail, so it’s the most effective way to share.
Every crowdfunding project starts with a small group of passionate people and grows outward from there. Thanks for being an early backer, and thanks for your help spreading the word.
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