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H-1B Workers: Highly Skilled, Highly Needed

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Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Sherk

Topic: Labor (Employment and labor supply)
Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)

Keywords: Labor; visas; american workers; mathematics

Coverage: United States


H-1B visas enable businesses to temporarily hire highly skilled immigrants to fill vital positions. Immigration opponents argue that workers on H-1B visas are not especially talented, but have average skill levels. These arguments are based upon a misleading metric of talent. The education and wage levels of H-1B recipients demonstrate that they are much needed, highly skilled workers. Congress should raise the cap on H-1B visas.


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