Demand for H-1B Visas in New England: An Analysis of Employer Requests for Highly Skilled Guest Workers
Demand for H-1B visas in New England explains the mechanics of the H-1B visa program, discusses how the program is utilized in New England and elsewhere, and makes recommendations to revamp the program so that it garners greater public support and meets the needs of the economy.
In recent years, New England accounted for 7 percent of all H-1 visa requests, exceeding its 5 percent share of national employment. The report calculates "intensity of demand" for these visas for all 50 states, with Montana showing the least demand and the New Jersey the greatest. The author also analyzes regional and national variations in the allocation of H-1 visas. Data confirms that the heaviest users of the H-1B visa program are outsourcing or staffing firms, particularly in IT. Two such firms: Infosys and Wipro requested over 1,000 such visas in New England during the period from 2010 to 2012. The author suggests that a more transparent, merit-based system might be more effective in attracting the best and the brightest.(Abstract courtesy of Dr. Nicholas V. Montalto)
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Clifford, R. (2014). Demand for H-1B Visas in New England: An Analysis of Employer Requests for Highly Skilled Guest Workers. New England Public Policy Center. Boston: MA. Retrieved from https://www.bostonfed.org/publications/new-england-public-policy-center-policy-report/2014/demand-for-h-1b-visas-in-new-england-an-analysis-of-employer-requests-for-highly-skilled-guest-workers.aspx