Offshore firms took 50 percent of H-1B visas in 2013

Patrick Thibodeau, Sharon Machlis

Last week, Cargill "communicated to employees our intention to move this work to TCS. We will begin a detailed transition planning process to determine when and how work will move to TCS. Once the plan is complete, we expect to spend about seven months executing the transition."

The company doesn't know the specific impact on employees, said Nelson. "What we do know is that we expect that some will be retained in Cargill or offered roles with TCS, while others who are not will transition out of the company in the next 6-9 months. Employees will know their individual status by the end of May."

Cargill is based in Minnesota, which is also the home of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a sponsor of the bipartisan I-Squared Act of 2013, which would allow H-1B visa caps to rise to a maximum of 300,000 annually.

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