H1-B visa norms: US gets replaced as land of opportunity for tech talent

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We’re in the midst of a tech talent crisis worldwide, and American companies should be worried about losing their edge as a desirable place to live and work for tech talent.

Well-known as the most influential tech hub for over 50 years and the home of giants such as Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, Silicon Valley alone has an incessant need to fill tech jobs.

Rival Silicon Valleys such as Austin, Seattle, and even Denver may offer lower costs of living, but even they can’t fill all the open tech jobs despite their better quality of life and lower economic indexes. With the US government cracking down ever harder on H-1B visas and immigration, how long will it take before the most sought-after talent from abroad stops considering the US at all?

Can’t America just produce all its own tech talent?

Perhaps we could if we changed the school system and did what Code.org suggests: give every child the option to learn computer science in US schools. However, America is so far behind other developed countries in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), that even if we started training kids right now, it would take decades to fill the homegrown tech job funnel.

It’s no news that the Trump administration subjected six countries (down from seven) to an immigration ban. While this latest executive order is battling it out in the courts, it’s already wreaked havoc and downright panic in the tech recruiting fields.

Not only those from banned countries but current US immigrants with green cards or naturalized citizens from these countries have become afraid to travel. The precedent has been set at the border too many times now; many of these immigrants have been denied entry when they tried to return to the US from visits overseas.

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This is an excerpt from the article published on Tech In Asia. You can read the full article here


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