May 29th, 2010

Positive impact of H-1B visas?

Vivek Wadhwa blogs about some interesting looking studies at TechCrunch. Many have argued that H-1B visas depress the salaries of American workers, particularly in IT. A new study finds foreign-born I.T. professionals on temporary work visas actually earn more than their American counterparts; and that limits on H-1B visas cause the salaries of foreign workers—rather … read more


September 16th, 2007

H-1Bs back in the news

Last week BusinessWeek reported a new push to get Congress to address the issue of visas for highly skilled workers. The initiative appears to be coming from a lobbying group called CompeteAmerica, a coalition of employers of H-1Bs and related service providers (e.g. American Immigration Lawyers Association). The coalition members touted in the BusinessWeek article … read more


August 24th, 2007

International grad student applications on the rise

Looks like a lot of the visa problems created after 9/11 may have been fixed. From MSNBC: Enrollment of international students in U.S. universities could be showing the first signs of recovery after years of weakness following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, as the government refined the visa application process and schools try to get … read more


June 26th, 2007

H-1Bs, by the numbers

Here’s an interesting resource: a Department of Labor site that lets you see who is hiring H-1Bs and how much they are paying them. The UI is awful – looks like the DoL could use some better programmers – but if it hurts your eyes too much, you can download all the raw data and … read more


June 25th, 2007

Google on H-1Bs

Google has started a public policy blog. One of their first posts: Google’s stance on H-1B visas (pretty simple: “we want more!”) It’s an understandable position – Google hires lots of really smart people from all over the world, and current H-1B limits cause them all sorts of headaches. They claim that there were 70 … read more


June 18th, 2007

Immigration Bill Lives

Reports of the demise of the immigration bill appear to have been greatly exaggerated. Science has a couple of interesting pieces on provisions affecting scientists that I missed in my earlier look at the bill (perhaps they have been added in one of the many, many amendments?), and they are big ones. From the first … read more


June 1st, 2007

H-1B Hubbub

Immigration policy has been in the news lately, but the talk has been almost entirely about low-skill workers. Buried in the recent Senate compromise immigration bill, though, are some provisions that will affect scientists and engineers. There hasn’t been much talk about the high-skill worker side of the bill, but what little I have read … read more