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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — A group representing American tech workers is going to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of reversing a decision that extended the H-1B visas of foreign students at a time when there was high demand for tech talent, Computerworld magazine reports.

The Programmers Guild and others involved in the lawsuit are contending that the student visa extension approved by the Bush administration in 2008 was, in effect, a backdoor increase in H-1B limits that is cutting the number of jobs available to U.S. workers, the magazine said in the piece published Wednesday.

The U.S. District Court in New Jersey and U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia each ruled against the tech workers, contending that they do not have legal standing because they weren’t directly affected by the decision to extend student visas.

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