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Why America Needs More H-1B Visas

By Marc J. Schiller  |  Posted 04-18-2013 Print

The IT community needs to support foreign worker authorization as a potential path to citizenship in order to keep the U.S. globally competitive.

Why I Care

My articles normally contain concrete advice or tips for IT leaders to implement right away to make their careers more successful. Not today. Today is about gaining a deeper understanding of an important issue for our community, combined with a sense of national pride.

The United States is a nation of immigrants. My father came to this country at the age of 14, after surviving the horrors of the concentration camps during World War II. He had nothing but a dream and the willingness to work as hard as he could to make a life for himself in what he always told me was the greatest country in the world. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy, became a distinguished electrical engineer, and put his talents to work designing systems to limit air pollution.

I support foreign worker authorization as a potential path to citizenship because I believe with every fiber of my being that it is what makes America great. Our intellectual vibrancy and leadership has always been sustained by new arrivals. The U.S. will lose out irreparably, economically and technologically if it strangles this inlet for talent.

Join me and FWD.us in the fight to keep our country great by supporting comprehensive immigration reform.

About the Author

Marc J. Schiller has spent more than two decades teaching IT strategy and leadership to the world’s top companies around the globe. Through online courses, speaking engagements and corporate consulting, his company educates IT pros at all levels how to be more effective, influential and successful in their IT careers. Get access to free videos and a free excerpt from his book, The 11 Secrets of Highly Influential IT Leaders, at www.marcjschiller.com/resources.


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