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The new immigrants: Foreign-born and tech-savvy

Silicon Valley is benefitting from educated and tech-savvy entrepreneurs and the government is taking notice. Citing a need for more innovative people who can help develop unique companies, and thereby stimulate the economy, the United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS), has proposed a change to the current immigration laws.

Currently, immigrants have a variety of ways in which they can enter the U.S. Some come illegally, some come on student visas, and some are sponsored by a company who wants their talent. Their work is varied: from farm-worker to business owners. The latter group has garnered some attention and, to that end, the USCIS has recently proposed new regulations that would allow these highly educated individuals to remain in the US without fear of deportation.

Why just one group of immigrants?

According to the Washington Post, even immigration reform advocates are not necessarily on board. They do not support reforms that favor one group of immigrants over another. The tech industry, however, has stated that the U.S. simply does not have enough qualified people to help their industry grow and thrive-thus, they are looking outside the U.S. for their talent pool.

The new rule would allow qualified immigrants an initial two-year period in the U.S. After that time, they may reapply for an additional 3 years stay, which would be granted based on whether their companies are sufficiently successful.

Not without controversy

Not surprisingly, the public has mixed feelings regarding the new rule. The proposal is still under review and comments from the public are welcome. The public has 45 days in which to comment.

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