Three Reasons to Consider Hiring Technology Workers from Overseas

U.S. employers can temporarily employ foreign-born workers in specialty occupations (such as technology) using an H-1B non-immigrant visa. The process to apply for a non-immigrant visa is generally faster than applying for a ‘green card’, and although the application process is governed by many rules and requirements, there are also many benefits to hiring foreign-born workers, including economic development.

  1. Positive Effect on GDP: Diversity in companies attracts greater talent, which in turn brings more intellectual capital to the U.S. Greater talent and more intellectual capital generates higher revenue, which positively effects Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  2. Job Growth: Contrary to the notion that hiring foreign-born workers can limit job opportunities for U.S.-born workers, there is much evidence that the unique skills of foreign-born workers can actually complement the skills of U.S. workers. This in turn can lead to greater job growth. Bill Gates has claimed, “Microsoft has found that for every H-1B hire we make, we add on average four additional employees to support them in various capacities.” A study by the National Foundation of American Policy (NFAP) shows that “for every H-1B position requested, U.S. technology companies increase their employment by 5 workers” and that technology companies with fewer than 5,000 employees saw “an increase of employment of 7.5 workers.”
  3. Keeping Jobs In The U.S.: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reported that companies that are not approved to hire H-1B employees have moved their jobs overseas. Several R&D centers have reported that the H-1B cap is “an important determinant in the create of these overseas centers.”

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