U.S. employers are struggling to fill computer-related roles, but restrictive immigration policies are stopping them from hiring foreign workers, which could lead to a slower economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new study released Thursday found.
Of all the H-1B work visa applications submitted by employers in 2020, computer-related jobs made up 69.6%, an increase of roughly 30,000 requests from 2019, found the report, released by immigrant research group New American Economy. Employment-based visas are subject to annual caps — currently 85,000 – but according to the study, employers filed 275,000 H-1B applications in FY 2019.
“More nuanced and responsive policy around employment-based immigration could be one way to help the U.S. more quickly and more robustly bounce back from the Covid-19 and future economic disruptions and crises,” wrote the authors of the report.
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