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Oct 1, 201901:25 PMInside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Nation’s H-1B policies are compelling companies to offshore

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For those H-1B applicants who are lucky enough to get a visa, it’s seldom because they are taking jobs from U.S. citizens. They are filling computing and engineering jobs needed for the economy to compete in an era when nations such as China are gaining ground in artificial intelligence, 5G wireless technology, machine learning, and blockchain.

Under one reform proposal, all applicants would enter the annual general “pool” of 65,000 applicants.  After that, remaining applicants with advanced degrees would enter a 20,000-visa “master’s cap” pool. In theory, applicants with advanced degrees will have two good shots at landing a visa.

Congress should look at such pathways for allowing highly skilled workers, as well as graduates of Wisconsin colleges and universities, to stay in the United States and contribute to its overall competitiveness.

Sometimes that means working for large companies; sometimes in means starting companies, as many immigrants living in Wisconsin have done over time.

It makes little sense to accept foreign-born students into our colleges and universities, grant them advanced degrees — and promptly send them home to compete against us.

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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