US Immigration Policies not Attracting Qualfied Immigrants

US Immigration policies need to recognize the benefits of immigration

Though not at all surprising from the perspective of Immigration lawyers, in a recent article in the Washington Post a senior research associate at Harvard Law School and executive in residence at Duke University indicates that, if not the government, at least the residents of the United States are understanding the importance of a diverse immigrant population.

The Washington Post article cited quite astounding statistics relating to just how much of a significant part of the US economy comprise of immigrants.

US immigration policies need to be less restrictive

For example, “Almost 25 percent of all international patent applications from the United States named foreign nationals as inventors.” The US has traditionally attracted the “best and the brightest” immigrants. However, the inflow of qualified applicants are being reduced by restrictive immigration and visa regulations.  The once-popular US Work Visa, H-1B visa is now subjected to restrictive and economically unrealistic quotas that prevent US companies from recruiting talented non-immigrant workers overseas. Because of the quotas, most H-1B visa applications have turned into a lottery whereby your application may or may not be approved despite the fact that you are qualified.

With the significant challenges facing the US in the coming years and their aging demographics, it is important that US Immigration Policies keep up with the times. Of course, national security concerns should always be a factor but this does not have to necessarily translate to overly restrictive US immigration regulations that prevent foreign workers from getting visas in a hurting economy.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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