Griffin plans High-Skilled Immigrant Bill in the US
United States, 16th December: Congressman Tim Griffin has asserted that immigrants possessing high-skills coming to the US help in creation of new jobs for US citizens and contribute to the US economy.
Hence, he is seeking to have a US law that enables high-skilled foreigners educated in the US to get US Green Card.
Shortage of high-skilled tech workers in the US--Arizona Republican Griffin said the US is facing a severe shortage of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) graduates with advanced US degrees. And this is posing difficulty for the US businesses to move ahead with their expansion plans and hire more workers leading to restriction of job growth in the US, he further informed.
Reforms needed in US immigration—US immigration is in dire need of immediate reforms if it wants to attract and retain increased number of high-skilled immigrants coming to the US to study here. As per current US visa rules, majority of such immigrants have to return to their respective nations on successful completion of their US graduate degrees.
This brain-drain is proving taxing for the US economy. Its quite strange that the US is inviting such immigrants, giving them education and training and then, at the end, sending such highly-talented immigrants back to their home nations, Griffin complained, adding all such system needs to be stopped at the earliest.
Griffin wants a reform in the US immigration system so as to allow and keep such highly-skilled immigrants within the US and create new jobs in the US.
Foreign high-skilled professionals key to America’s success--Since, the US is finding it difficult to find US citizens with requisite technical skills and qualifications to work at technical jobs in the US. Hence, the need of the hour is to make such US immigration policies so that such highly-skilled foreigners can live and work in the US, Griffin affirmed.
Citing recent figures, Griffin said nearly 63 percent of PhDs awarded in the US went to international graduates while around 55 percent of master’s degrees in electrical engineering were given to foreign-graduates in the US.
Highly skilled international workers are the key to keep American globally competitive because they possess the desired skills, training and qualification to begin their own businesses and generate new jobs in the US, Griffin summarized.