October 15, 2012
Despite the difficulty in obtaining visas, green cards, work permits, and even citizenship in the United States, America remains the first-choice destination for the overwhelming majority of tech entrepreneurs and highly-skilled science and technology workers.
But there are some simple policy fixes that would make it easier for talented immigrants to come to the U.S., launch businesses, and unleash massive economic benefits.
For starters, we should reform the green card program. At present, there are only about 140,000 green cards, which allow for work-related permanent residency, available each year. (Australia, with a much smaller population, has a similarly-sized quota.)