A new study by the Partnership for a New American Economy shows that immigrants are involved in over 75% of patents that are issued at major research universities, confirming the claim many visa and immigration advocates have made that immigrants play a vital role to the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in the U.S.
One of the biggest aspects about the study is that most of these patents are in STEM fields — an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math — which have been highlighted as a problematic area for the country in recent years. The amount of qualified STEM job seekers is decreasing, and if work visa restrictions were alleviated, it would give immigrants a better chance to remain in the U.S. and bolster the STEM sector.
Though it may seem like a simple process, applying for a work visa can be difficult and confusing. And as it has been proven time and again, immigration laws are constantly changing. With the ever-fluctuating restrictions and country caps on work visas, it is difficult for someone to know exactly what kind of chance they have at earning a work visa. That’s why experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel is crucial when applying for a work visa.
As we have seen in recent weeks, there seems to be a push to open up more H-1B work visas for immigrant college graduates and young immigrants who show good moral character. With country struggling to rebound from the 2008 housing crisis (and resulting financial instability), providing more work visas to foreign-born individuals could provide a shot in the arm to the American economy.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Immigrants Are Crucial to Innovation, Study Says,” Andrew Martin, June 25, 2012