HIGH-SKILLED IMMIGRANTS IN CALIFORNIA

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CALIFORNIA FACES A LARGE STEM SHORTAGE

IMMIGRANTS ARE FILLING STEM SHORTAGES IN CALIFORNIA

IMMIGRANTS INCREASINGLY POWER CALIFORNIA’S INNOVATION ECONOMY

  • Immigrants are more likely to study STEM than the native-born: In 2009, 38.3 percent of the students earning master’s or PhD degrees in STEM fields from California’s research-intensive universities were foreign-born.
  • Immigrants are inventing the products that will drive innovation over the coming decades: In 2011, the University of California system received almost 370 patents, more than any other university system in the country, and in FY 2010 they earned $104.4 million in patent licensure revenue. More than 76 percent of those patents had at least one foreign-born inventor, and 51 percent had at least one foreign-born student, postdoctoral fellow, or researcher, groups with no clear path to stay in the United States after graduation.

HIGH-SKILLED IMMIGRATION REFORM WOULD HELP CALIFORNIA’S COMPANIES COMPETE AND CREATE AMERICAN JOBS

  • High-skilled visa holders create jobs for U.S.-born workers: The new H-1B visas awarded to California between 2010 and 2013 will translate into 117,209 new jobs for U.S.-born workers in the state by 2020.
  • Our visa system is costing jobs and revenue: Firm-level data from the 2007 and 2008 H-1B lotteries shows that the H-1B caps from those two years alone cost U.S.-born tech workers in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego metropolitan areas as many as 14,117 additional jobs and as much as $410.8 million in aggregate annual earnings by 2010.

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