July 18, 2012
Silicon Valley companies have long been the most outspoken protestors against the U.S. caps on visas for highly skilled foreign workers. The arbitrary caps, they say, have prevented them from filling jobs that they cannot find qualified Americans to perform. Yet it’s not just the high-tech hubs; heartland companies—in such places as Columbus, Ind., Bloomington, Ill., and Fayetteville, Ark.—are professing the same problem.
This is one finding of a study published Wednesday by the nonpartisan Brookings Institution. The study is the first examination, by city, of the demand for H-1B visas for highly skilled foreign workers.