Fact of the Week: Green Cards Help the United States Retain Top Talent that Contribute to Our Growth and Innovation

3/6/2013
Fact of the Week

​March 6, 2013

Green Cards Help the United States Retain Top Talent that Contribute to Our Growth and Innovation


ACIP Comme​nds the House Immigration Subcommittee for its Focus During Yesterday’s Hearing on the Benefits of Highly Skilled Professionals to American Competitiveness


Once the best and brightest come to America, it is more green cards that will allow us to retain this talent. Examples of highly educated top talent that are contributing to America’s economic growth and job creation include:

  • Steve Chen, born in Taiwan, and Jawed Karim, born in Germany, both with bachelor’s degrees, and Chen with a Ph.D., from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who are part of the team that co-founded YouTube.

  • Max Rafael Levchin, born in Ukraine and with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Elon Musk, born in South Africa and with two bachelor’s degrees in economics and physics from the University of Pennsylvania, who are part of the team that co-founded PayPal. Musk also co-founded Tesla Motors.

  • Naveen Selvadurai, born in India and with bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, who co-founded Foursquare.

​But the outdated U.S. immigration system makes it harder to welcome these innovators and job creators!


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


Want to learn more about solutions for reforming the U.S. system to grow the economy and jobs?  Look out for ACIP’s 2013 primer on the employment-based immigration system to be released next Tuesday, March 12!

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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