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Higgins, John K. “Immigration Reform Could Open the Door for IT Talent.” E-Commerce Times 2/6/13
John K Higgins wrote an article on the impact that “green cards” and H-1B visa recipients could have on the United States. Higgins discusses how highly-skilled non-immigrants have the ability to improve the U.S. if there visit is made permanent. These non-immigrants are typically those who hold a degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics also known as “STEM” or those who are striving to obtain a degree. Several businesses support the effort because they feel as though H-1B holders with these skills could be beneficial to their companies. The government noticed the proposals, which led to the bill “Immigration Innovation Act of 2013”. Higgins separates his article into three sections titling them “Visa Reform and High-Tech Funding”, “Costs and Benefits for Tech Sector”, and “Congressional Hurdles and Outlook” In “Visa Reform and High-Tech Funding” Higgins goes into details of the bill and how the revenue will promote funding. He also classifies this segment by the related topics within the bill. The bill is designed to initiate the growth of H-1B visas and the access to “green cards” for high-skilled non-immigrants. An H-1B visa is a program that temporarily permits employers to hire foreign workers. The initial time frame their allowed to work is three to six years. In spite of the time period, The Immigration Innovation Act increased the limit for visas to sixty five thousand to one hundred fifteen thousand applicants. If they receive more it will be increased to three hundred thousand, thus enhancing the availability for employment-based green cards. They will also utilize the green card allotments from the past. In addition to the availability they will grant STEM degree holders eligibility to be exempt from annual caps. However there will be fees…...

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