The technology companies in the US have always claimed themselves utterly baffled by the approach taken by policymakers to H1-B visas. We face the real problem of having fewer takers for STEM education, reducing the possibility of growing local talent into budding new scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Without a continuous source of new local talent, America must depend more and more on immigrant skilled workers. They clearly see a supportive policy towards sourcing highly skilled immigrants to be in the best interests of the country in the long term and the only way for it to retain its competitiveness in the global arena.
The policymakers want to serve the people who elected them. They need to ensure that U.S. workers do not believe that our high unemployment rate is due to strong and unfair competition from immigrants, offering skills which are by no means inferior, at far lower wages. They overlook the possibility that companies that can’t fill key positions will post lower profits and eliminate more jobs in the process. Also, they seem to ignore the risk of getting embroiled in trade wars and face retaliatory measures from the other countries.
The repeated instances of H1 and L1 frauds which point to a misuse of the system have definitely not helped the issue either. This collective potpourri of interests and concerns forms a conundrum of sorts, calling for a speedy solution – with the various lobbies pulling in completely different directions.
In a move that has slightly unravelled this whole tangle of affairs; Hon. Sen. Chuck Grassley lifted the hold on H.R. 3012 Act calling for Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants, allowing the possibility of easing the backlog on applications from super-skilled immigrants from India and China. This would remove the per-country quotas on permanent work visa applications; speeding up the process which currently wait-lists applicants for up to 70 years.
This is a win for the lobby in favour of an improved H1-B visa process for reasons which are not hard to see.
This move is bound to improve the prospects of the skilled immigrants, who work for and invest in the country that has adopted them which in itself is a valid reason to treat them with more consideration.
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