Fact Of The Week: U.S. Visa Policies ‘Chasing Away Talent,’ Testifies Expert at House Immigration Hearing

2/6/2013
Fact of the Week

​ February 6, 2013


U.S. Visa Policies ‘Chasing Away Talent,​​’ Testifies Expert at House Immigration Hearing


In House testimony yesterday, Vivek Wadhwa, a distinguished entrepreneur and researcher, made the case for immediate immigration reform:

  • “[America’s] scientists and entrepreneurs are setting the wheels in motion to solve humanity’s grand challenges — in areas such as health, energy, food, education, water, and security. … Foreign-born workers are leading the charge ….”
  • “We need the world’s best and brightest more than ever before.
  • “Yet, as the research of my team at Stanford, Duke, and UC-Berkeley has shown, our visa policies are doing the opposite: chasing away this talent. …
  • “We must stop this brain drain and do all we can to bring more engineers and scientists here. …
  • “The bottom line is that Congress needs to double down and pass legislation which ensures that the supply of employment‐based green cards matches the demands of a knowledge economy.”

Similarly, ACIP believes we need an employment-based immigration system that eliminates green card backlogs and makes enough green cards available so that needed global talent can contribute to America. The U.S. immigration system should also make green cards immediately available to U.S. STEM advanced degree graduates who have a job offer.

Learn more about the kinds of reforms needed in ACIP’s “Principles for Immigration Reform.”


It’s a new world.  The time for new employment-based immigration policies is now.


Read ACIP’s “Principles for Immigration Reform” here. Learn more about ACIP at www.acip.com.

The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), a strategic affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), represents employers working to speed U.S. economic recovery, create new jobs for all Americans and advance American innovation. Our members are companies, universities, research institutions and organizations that employ the critical talent that has and will continue to build the U.S. economy and raise the standard of living for all Americans. We build the workforces necessary to keep America on the cutting edge of worldwide innovation and leading the global economy. Learn more about ACIP at www.acip.com. Learn more about SHRM at www.shrm.org.

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