Microsoft Push For Worker Visas Raises Concerns, Exposes LoopholesMon, 11/26/2012 - 13:22 — admin
The Seattle Times
November 26, 2012
Microsoft intended to jump start stalled immigration reform — and help fill thousands of job vacancies — when it offered to pay the government a bounty for extra visas to hire more foreign workers. But the offer has stirred up new concerns about the federal guest-worker program
Microsoft is so eager to find qualified engineers and programmers for its thousands of vacancies that it has offered to pay a bounty to the government in exchange for extra visas in order to import more foreign workers.
House To Consider Limited GOP Immigration BillMon, 11/26/2012 - 13:07 — admin
November 23, 2012
House Republicans still smarting from their poor showing among Hispanics in the presidential election are planning a vote next week on immigration legislation that would both expand visas for foreign science and technology students and make it easier for those with green cards to bring their immediate families to the U.S.
Republican leaders made it clear after the election that the party was ready to get serious about overhauling the nation's dysfunctional immigration system, a top priority for Hispanic communities. Taking up what is called the STEM Jobs Act during the lame-duck session could be seen as a first step in that direction.
Visas For Tech Entrepreneurs May Get Lawmakers' FocusMon, 11/26/2012 - 11:44 — admin
Investor's Business Daily
November 23, 2012
Observers expect lawmakers to resume efforts to create a streamlined visa designed specifically for tech entrepreneurs, now that the presidential election is over.
"After the election, the politicians ... will come to their senses," said Vivek Wadhwa, a Stanford Law School fellow.
It makes financial sense for the U.S. to remove obstacles, he says. Foreign tech entrepreneurs would bring savings and financing from abroad — an infusion of billions of dollars into the U.S., he says.
Startup Visas Get New PushMon, 11/26/2012 - 11:29 — admin
The Wall Street Journal
November 22, 2012
A coalition of entrepreneurs, investors and advocacy groups is pressing its campaign for a special visa that would allow foreigners who launch companies to stay in the U.S.
The group hopes to avoid situations like the one faced by Asaf Darash. Mr. Darash, 38 years old, who was born in Israel and raised there and in Australia, started software firm Regpack Inc. after moving to the U.S. in 2010. He entered the country on a J-2 visa associated with his wife's research in an academic exchange program.
In April, his company applied for an H-1B visa—a type for foreign employees of companies in the U.S.—for Mr. Darash to stay and build his company. Regpack employs 15 people at its San Francisco headquarters.
Building A Better Immigration SystemTue, 11/20/2012 - 15:45 — admin
November 19, 2012
It sure seems like Congress will enter the whirlpool of immigration reform next year. The surface debate is about undocumented workers and how to bring them from the depths. But the currents are pushing along several other issues, some of which may be more consequential in the long run for both the American economy and for the dignity of those people touched by legislation.
Writing for the blog of the Brookings Institute's Metropolitan Policy Program, Neil Ruiz, who is doing some of the most interesting scholarly work on visas and workforce development these days, sketches out the other areas that the first wave of reform is likely to tackle.
A casualty of legislative deadlock has been the STEM Act, which would significantly increase the number of green cards given to foreign students who get degrees from the United States. When you talk to forward-thinking national security professionals, they'll complain of the brain drain effect, wherein Chinese and Indian students take advantage of American education and then go back home and enrich the productivity and economy of critical industries that compete with the U.S.
Analysis: What Is the Economic Impact of Immigration Reform?Tue, 11/20/2012 - 12:33 — admin
ABC News Univision
November 19, 2012
Leaders from both parties are talking about immigration reform as a central issue in 2013. Among other things, such a bill could potentially legalize 11 million undocumented immigrants who are currently living in the shadows.
How would that impact the economy?
There are a few different opinions out there.
To begin with, there is no certainty that a reform bill will materialize or, if it does, what it will look like. But there are some existing reports that, based on hypothetical scenarios, give an estimate.
"I wouldn't get too wedded to any particular or exact number, but I think you can learn a lot from the approach of going ahead and trying to make a projection," said David Dyssegaard Kallick, a senior fellow at the Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonpartisan organization that studies immigration and the economy. "You can see the magnitude of things."
That includes John Feinblatt, the chief policy advisor for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose Partnership for a New American Economy has done it's own body of research on the impact of reform.
"There's a pretty straightforward explanation for this," Feinblatt, said. "The act of immigration itself is an entrepreneurial act. Picking up your things, leaving your relatives behind and coming to a new country is about wanting something better for yourself."
US Immigration Reforms: Indians Want Obama to Cut Long Wait for Green CardsMon, 11/19/2012 - 17:24 — admin
The Economic Times
November 18, 2012
Every US presidential election throws up its share of surprises, and this time it was the Latino voters. The fact that over 70% of them voted for Barack Obama has turned the spotlight on immigration reforms, which have been largely on hold in the run-up to the elections.
No surprise that President Obama highlighted immigration reform policy in his first press meet after re-election on Wednesday. The roadmap for immigration reforms is likely to address the issue of illegal immigrants but at the same time attract and retain highly skilled manpower from overseas.
New Hope on ImmigrationMon, 11/19/2012 - 17:13 — admin
The New York Times
November 17, 2012
Funny how quickly some principles collapse when given the right kind of shove. One day, the Republican Party is rock-ribbed restrictionist, dedicated to the proposition that unauthorized immigrants are an invading army of job stealers, welfare moochers and criminals whose only acceptable destiny is to be caught and deported — the border fence forever, “amnesty” never. The next day: never mind. The party suddenly discovers the merits of a working immigration system. Senators like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who once bravely supported bipartisan reform but slunk away late in the last Bush administration, are scratching at the door again, as if the last five years never happened.
All it took was an election in which millions of Latino voters — many of them the wives and husbands, sons, daughters, grandchildren, cousins, co-workers and friends of those despised “illegals” — overwhelmingly chose President Obama over the man who promised to be deporter in chief. They rejected Mitt Romney by 3 to 1, according to exit polls. Asian-Americans did, too. Republicans looked at a changing America, saw a future of decline and irrelevance for the party, and concluded that immigrants weren’t so bad after all.
Green Cards and Red FlagsMon, 11/19/2012 - 17:01 — admin
November 17, 2012
The US’s policy of limiting the number of immigrants is traumatic for visa seekers and bad news for its economy. Indira Kanan reviews a new book that proposes a solution.
The United States welcomes immigrants. Immigrants love the United States. They start companies, lots of them, and create thousands of jobs in the US. Everybody wins. That’s the winning formula now in serious jeopardy due to a broken immigration system.
This is, partly, the argument provided for the new book, The Immigrant Exodus: Why America is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent. Its California-based author Vivek Wadhwa, a serial tech entrepreneur and researcher, is vice-president of academics and innovation at Singularity University, and also teaches at Stanford, Duke and Emory universities.
Immigrant Job Creator Faces DeportationMon, 11/19/2012 - 16:45 — admin
November 16, 2012
It doesn't matter that Asaf Darash started a U.S. company and created 15 jobs here. Federal immigration officials might kick him out anyway.
It's not that he did anything wrong. Rather, he's tangled in a web of immigration policies that are tough on entrepreneurs.
Darash, 38, originally came here from Israel for college and returned in 2010 to launch Regpack, a software company in San Francisco. It's growing so fast, the company already needs to add another 10 workers.