High-skilled Labor

Immigrants play a vital role in America’s high-skilled fields. By 2018, America will face a projected shortfall of more than 200,000 advanced-degree STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) holders. More than half of all PhDs graduating from U.S. universities in many STEM fields are foreign-born, yet current immigration laws make it difficult or impossible for many foreign STEM students to stay in the United States after graduation and help fill the STEM-field workforce shortages.

The problem is particularly acute in the healthcare industry, where the United States faces a shortage of physicians and surgeons, professions that immigrants are nearly twice as likely as native-born citizens to fill. The evidence is clear that high-skilled immigrants create American jobs. Every foreign student who graduates from a U.S. university with an advanced degree and stays and works in a STEM-related field creates an additional 2.62 American jobs. But despite this positive impact, the current immigration system is woefully unprepared to attract and retain the top global talent. Year after year, the cap for temporary high-skilled visas is met within days, leaving tens of thousands of job creators waiting in line to come to America. And while the country invests in educating the best and brightest from around the world at America’s top universities, many of them are sent home after graduation, unable to stay and generate new opportunities in the United States.

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High-skilled Labor

Statement on U.S. Government Exhausting Supply of H-1B Visas in Less than a Week

April 7, 2016

Statement on U.S. Government Exhausting Supply of H-1B Visas in Less than a Week FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2016 Following the announcement by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that they reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for 2017, Partnership for a New American Economy Chairman John Feinblatt issued the following statement:…

Statement on H-1B Fiscal Year 2017 Cap Season

April 1, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2016 CONTACT Sarah Doolin, Partnership for a New American Economy, sarah@renewoureconomy.org As the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) opens for H-1B visa petitions, Partnership for a New American Economy Chairman John Feinblatt states: “Today tens of thousands of businesses will file H-1B visa applications to get the talent…

Report on New Americans in Salt Lake County Highlights Economic Contributions of Immigrants

March 31, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2016 CONTACT Sarah Doolin, Partnership for a New American Economy, Sarah@renewoureconomy.org Salt Lake Region Launches Task Force to Highlight, Enhance Economic Contributions of Immigrants; New Report Shows Foreign-Born Households Brought Billions to Metro Area GDP in 2014 Salt Lake County, UT – Today, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Salt…

New Americans in Salt Lake County

March 31, 2016

The Partnership for a New American Economy has developed a series of research briefs that examine the demographic and economic contributions of immigrant communities in counties and cities across the United States. The latest report in the series focuses on Salt Lake County and provides information on how immigrants have strengthened the local tax base, boosted the…

Immigrants with H-1Bs essential to U.S. economy

March 29, 2016

All too often, the topic of immigration reform is mentioned in the same breath as “social justice,” as though one is merely an extension of the other’s moral imperative. To do so is to exclude a careful consideration of the myriad productive components, and to therefore fundamentally misunderstand immigration as an indelible and invaluable mainstay…

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