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Sending skilled workers to work abroad, hurts all of us.

By Maria L. Santos - Posted on 04 June 2015

Immigration is personal.   Like many other firms who work with employment-based immigration, we file H-1B cap cases and only about 30% of the cases filed survived this year’s lottery.    We got to know the clients rather well and it is heart-breaking to tell the client that the filing was not a lottery winner!!!!!   It is also heartbreaking for the national economy and the strength of America’s work force in many fields, but especially in technology, science, math and engineering fields (the STEMS).  For each highly-qualified individual who gets turned away, America loses an opportunity to develop a new product or technology, sell a house to a family who can afford to buy the house, add tax revenue to the town/city and national budgets, and add to the melting pot that we know as AMERICA.

So what are we going to do about it?  There is talk of revival. There are bills now in Congress that would increase the number of H-1B visas and increase the speed at which an individual gets to be a permanent resident of the USA (green card holder).  Republicans have started to feel the heat of immigration.  Something has to give.  The economy has improved.  We have lower unemployment rates and this means we need to augment the American workforce.  

Oh, here is another thought—why don’t we fund more initiatives to re-train and/or train/educate American adults for the workforce of today?  Many of the high-skilled workers from other countries come to the USA with bachelor’s, masters and sometimes Ph.D’s earned and paid for by their home country.  It is unfair that they don’t have loans to pay off when our recent graduates are loaded with debt amounting to thousands of dollars.  So, in the process of revising immigration law, let’s look at our educational plan for children and adults in our great country.