Bill to tighten H-1B US work visas could backfire

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Even as the United States Senate's "Gang of 8" immigration bill seeks to dramatically tighten its employment-based immigration policy by discouraging and in some cases prohibiting the use of H-1B visas, there is a study that says this could be a serious mistake that would shift more work and resources outside the United States and harm the competitiveness of U.S.

While Indian IT firms operating in the U.S. have long maintained the H-1B visas do not lead to outsourcing of jobs or shrink the job market for Americans, few were willing to pay heed to their arguments. This new study by the National Foundation for America Policy (NFAP) argues H-1B visas are actually good for the U.S. economy. The study by Stuart Anderson, executive director of the NFAP, was put up the NFAP Web site on May 1. Here are a few excerpts: