Currently, there is great tension in U.S. immigration laws. Unemployment is recovering with U.S. Citizens still out of work. Wages have not really climbed and savings for many U.S. citizens have been invaded by a thief in the night. We call that thief, economic circumstances.
The recovering economy has also proved ruinous for foreign nationals looking to obtain temporary work visas. H-1B Visa numbers have been reduced significantly by Congress allowing for only 65,000 visas and an additional 20,000 for applicants with U.S. Master degrees. So, where’s the love for our foreign nationals? Why do we need them in the first place?
Temporary working visas are available for highly skilled workers, entrepreneurs who establish business and commerce in the U.S., persons of extraordinary ability and other professionals. Why? Because the U.S. has been at the forefront of new technology, medicine, arts and commerce. We are a society built on competition which drives capitalism. Foreign skill has been a benefit to the U.S. throughout history. Visas provide a path to send surgeons to the U.S. who are looking for cures in areas such as encephalitis, heart disease and cancer. We employ foreign Nationals with skill in mining, petroleum engineering, teaching, chemistry and other professions to help us solve problems.
Although many Americans believe that foreign nationals are taking jobs, a deeper analysis in necessary to establish how our foreign nationals can be a benefit to our workforce and society, a desired result anticipated by our framers. Such an outcome was the reasoning for establishing working visas in the first place.
Foreign Investment grows the U.S. Economy
In addition to skilled labor, foreign Nationals also invest in U.S. businesses. This is important to grow our economy. Whether it is a foreign investor who establishes a computer parts store or a U.S. franchise, investment creates jobs for U.S. workers. The U.S. economy benefits from our foreign nationals who transfer from other countries to spearhead growth in significant areas of business such as biotechnology, medicine, computer engineering, retail and manufacturing.
Collaboration is Key
Our greatest minds live right here in the U.S. They also happen to live in foreign countries. Once found, their collaboration with our work force is essential to solve problems of tremendous significance. The U.S. has historically pulled the greatest ideas from every source.
It is true that the U.S. work force is still struggling but reducing visa numbers lower than already granted will not solve the problem. H-1B working visas comprise a very small percentage of the total jobs available in the U.S. The goal is to keep the U.S. work force sharp and competitive in a global economy.
Other countries are welcoming the greatest scholars and medical minds with open arms. However, the best of the best are in a mirage of red tape in obtaining U.S. work visas. With proper analysis, Congress can open the gateways for powerful collaboration by enforcing U.S. U.S. immigration laws rather than restricting visa numbers. Lawful non-immigrants pay taxes, are not receiving free health care and are not a drain on future public benefits. Lawful non-immigrants do not hurt the economy. So where’s the love for extending lawful non-immigrant visas to foreign Nationals?