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May 19, 2006

Congress should not lose sight of another important immigration issue that hasn't received nearly as much attention: too few skilled immigrants, says the Las Vegas Sun.

High-tech companies, including Microsoft, have for years been quietly lobbying Congress to provide more temporary visas for highly skilled workers -- documents known as H-1B visas -- and to ease restrictions that impede these workers from ultimately gaining U.S. citizenship.

  • Microsoft has 2,000 high-tech jobs it cannot fill with U.S. workers, a problem that he said eventually could force the company to ship some of its development work overseas, according to Jack Krumholtz, managing director of government affairs.
  • Computer chip giant Intel already is setting up engineers in Canada, Ireland and Israel.

One Senate proposal pending in the broader immigration debate would increase the annual limit on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 115,000.

Source: Editorial, "Room for skilled immigrants; Legislation could mean more engineers, scientists, doctors in U.S. from overseas," Las Vegas Sun, May 17, 2006.


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