The recent USA Today article, More of the World’s Talented Workers Opt to Leave USA, describes how the US is losing its best and brightest due to these foreign national’s opportunities at home, but also immigration delays. The CEO of TiE Global, a worldwide network of professionals who promote entrepreneurship, explains, “If the country is going to maintain the kind of economic well-being that we’ve enjoyed for many years, that requires having these incredibly gifted individuals who have been educated and trained by us.”
On an everyday basis, I find my corporate clients exasperated by long delays in visa processing, unfounded requests for evidence on pending applications, and general frustration in the delay and amount of time and money spent on immigration petitions. One high technology client has chosen to relocate research and development activities abroad so it can be assured of choosing the scientists and researchers it needs without the headaches of considering immigration implications with each hiring decision.
Other clients tell me that they will no longer sponsor foreign nationals for work visas due to the headaches involved. This seems to be the answer that many who would have the US close its borders are seeking. However, within a short while, each and every one of these clients has changed this position as they cannot locate a US worker to fill a position which requires higher education in the science, technology, engineering or math fields.
I am in support of creating jobs for US workers, but what many American’s don’t realize is that these innovators are creating jobs. They are developing green energy solutions, creating smaller and smaller electronic devices with more power, and making our cars more fuel efficient. Without these workers, our US COMPANIES would fail. If we want to work on creating more jobs for US workers, let’s turn our attention towards our education system and training our students to compete on a global level rather than turning to the protectionism that will only hurt us in the long run.