From The Washington Times:
Technology firms across the nation are crossing their fingers today as the U.S. opens the annual visa application window for skilled workers. Last year, the annual cap of 65,000 was reached on the same day.
Despite industry’s efforts to raise the issue with lawmakers and the public, this year’s quota of H1-B visas is likely to disappear just as quickly.
“Without adequate access to these types of key employees, a lot of U.S. companies will be forced to cancel U.S. projects or move them offshore, like Bill Gates did,” said Ian Macdonald of the law firm Littler Mendelson.
That’s the big picture. Here, courtesy The Chicago Tribune, is the microcosm:
Madhura Godbole speaks four languages. Since receiving a second master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago last summer, she has been developing software to produce blood thinners for heart patients.
But it’s luck, more than her impressive résumé, that the Indian-born engineer needs this week, as she enters a fierce annual competition for a small number of visas given to highly skilled foreign workers.
Isn’t Madhura Godbole precisely the kind of highly skilled and U.S.-trained employee that benefits the U.S. economy, not to mention American civil society?
P.S. Another personal account from Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, which concludes: “America continues to maintain an incomprehensible and counter-productive immigration policy, damaging both pocketbooks and heartstrings from Silicon Valley to the Bay of Bengal. Unless Congress and the White House do something to fundamentally reshape immigration rules with respect to skilled workers — setting aside for the moment the gardeners and construction workers who get all the news coverage — things will only get worse.”
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