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U.S. welcomes more foreign skilled workers

Posted: 17 Feb 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Immigration Innovation  H-1B  supply chain  STEM  I-Squared 

"Immigrants are responsible for creating one-quarter of technology start-ups and jobs in the United States. It is imperative that we encourage the best and brightest from around the world to stay here, instead of pushing them to the back of the line and incentivising them to innovate and create jobs abroad," Shapiro went on to say.

It's difficult to gauge how this piece of legislation, if passed, will affect the high-tech job market, but I think the bill should have measures to shorten the time for H-1B visa holders to apply for U.S. citizenship. We all know that many foreign students and H-1B workers gain their education and experience in America, but often return to their countries taking their knowledge and expertise elsewhere.

Whatever we can do to stop that trend is worth the effort because building human capital translates to strengthening economic development and social stability. My hope is that lawmakers can craft legislation that will create an environment where skilled H-1B visa holders can work alongside their U.S. counterparts to advance technological innovation, increase job creation and do all of this while shortening the time for these workers to become officially Americans.

- Nicole Lewis
  EBN


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