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Bloomberg BusinessWeek on Workforce Development

Harold L, Sirkin, writing in Bloomberg BusinessWeek says U.S. labor force development is a both/and situation: we need both expanded STEM education in the U.S. and more visas for high-skilled international workers.…See More
Dec 3, 2013
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Nov 23, 2013
John Robert Egan's blog post was featured

Indian Tech Giant Pays $34 Million in Visa Fraud Case

Infosys, the large multi-national technology services company based in India, has agreed to pay $34 million dollars to settle charges that it mis-used the U.S. visa system in hiring and deploying foreign technology workers in the United States. The New York Times reports that this is the largest ever settlement in a visa fraud case.  Infosys denied…See More
Nov 7, 2013
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Indian Tech Giant Pays $34 Million in Visa Fraud Case

Infosys, the large multi-national technology services company based in India, has agreed to pay $34 million dollars to settle charges that it mis-used the U.S. visa system in hiring and deploying foreign technology workers in the United States. The New York Times reports that this is the largest ever settlement in a visa fraud case.  Infosys denied…See More
Oct 30, 2013
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May 29, 2013
John Robert Egan's blog post was featured

Tech Visa Update

Political junkies (like me) and immigration stakeholders (including many technology employers) have been watching as the immigration reform process moves forward in the current congressional session. After much watching and speculation (see for example, earlier posts here) about what impact this will have on the high tech industry, there is now a bill being offered in the U.S. Senate. …See More
Apr 22, 2013
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Tech Visa Update

Political junkies (like me) and immigration stakeholders (including many technology employers) have been watching as the immigration reform process moves forward in the current congressional session. After much watching and speculation (see for example, earlier posts here) about what impact this will have on the high tech industry, there is now a bill being offered in the U.S. Senate. …See More
Apr 21, 2013
J. David Beutel commented on John Robert Egan's blog post High Tech Visas, at last?
"I had heard that all the H-1B visas were snapped up in 5 days, and expected corporations to claim that they need more.  The Economist article says that they will not steal American jobs because What if those firms can find people overseas who…"
Apr 7, 2013
John Robert Egan commented on John Robert Egan's blog post High Tech Visas, at last?
"I completely agree that there are a number of large IT consulting firms gaming the H-1B visa system, and this needs to be stopped. By applying for more visas than they can possible use, and then shopping the work opportunities out as…"
Apr 6, 2013
J. David Beutel commented on John Robert Egan's blog post High Tech Visas, at last?
"Rather than increasing the number of H-1B visas, I think we need to stop giving them to companies that transfer jobs offshore or pay their foreign workers less.  This recent story on All Things Considered found that most H-1B visas went to…"
Apr 6, 2013
John Robert Egan commented on John Robert Egan's blog post High Tech Visas, at last?
"Tony, it looks like High Tech/High Skilled visas will be part of the new Immigration reform package being pushed in Washington now.  Here's a link to the preliminary outline, released today at a bipartisan press conference, and the clear…"
Jan 28, 2013
John Robert Egan commented on John Robert Egan's blog post High Tech Visas, at last?
"Tony, I think the Startup Visa Bill, which was designed to facilitate visas for international tech entrepreneurs, is likely to be rolled into the more comprehensive immigration legislation due to come before Congress in the coming session.  It…"
Jan 20, 2013
Tony Donnes commented on John Robert Egan's blog post High Tech Visas, at last?
"John, thank you for your well-thought out article.  If "[c]ritical mass in the tech sector has been somewhat elusive for Hawaii" what can we do locally to correct that?  A question I've long had is: We know that a state…"
Jan 17, 2013
J. David Beutel replied to John Robert Egan's discussion STEM Education v. STEM Visas: conflict or complement? in the group Innovation Economy Workforce Development
"I agree, innovation and stability are at odds, although I like both of them.  I applaud your looking beyond the zero-sum game, for a win-win that will strengthen our tech sector."
Jan 12, 2013
John Robert Egan replied to John Robert Egan's discussion STEM Education v. STEM Visas: conflict or complement? in the group Innovation Economy Workforce Development
"I think you raise legitimate issues.  There are corporations that treat workers like widgets, although I would say that the worst of these are the really big players (not coincidentally these are some of the same corporations engaging in…"
Jan 12, 2013
J. David Beutel replied to John Robert Egan's discussion STEM Education v. STEM Visas: conflict or complement? in the group Innovation Economy Workforce Development
"I am in favor of more public investment in STEM education, of course, and I cannot object very much to STEM visas after going to Japan on a work visa myself.  I too want a vibrant tech sector in the US, especially Hawaii.  But, when I hear…"
Jan 12, 2013

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MigrationCounsel.com
Areas of Interest (Robotics, Software Architecture, Green Energy, Web 2.0, etc.):
Attorney concentrating in Immigration Law. Interested in migration and mobility issues for high-skilled workers and executives. Also interested in policy issues related to immigration and tech sector development and entrepreneurship.
About Me:
Attorney and educator, I worked for five years teaching Immigration Law and Humanitarian Law at UH Manoa. Now returning to private practice, I am interested in the matrix where higher education, the tech sector, entrepreneurship and migration interact. I have met many international students who would have liked to stay in Hawaii and work after graduation, but did not manage to overcome the bureaucratic obstacles. I think it is in our Island economy's best interest to lower the barriers to high skilled, entrepreneurial in-migration.
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http://migrationcounsel.com
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http://migrationcounsel.ning.com

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Indian Tech Giant Pays $34 Million in Visa Fraud Case

Infosys, the large multi-national technology services company based in India, has agreed to pay $34 million dollars to settle charges that it mis-used the U.S. visa system in hiring and deploying foreign technology workers in the United States. The New York Times reports that this is the largest ever…

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Posted on October 30, 2013 at 1:34pm

Tech Visa Update

Political junkies (like me) and immigration stakeholders (including many technology employers) have been watching as the immigration reform process moves forward in the current congressional session. After much watching and speculation (see for example, earlier posts here) about what impact this will have on the high tech industry, there is now a bill being offered in the U.S.…

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Posted on April 21, 2013 at 9:20pm

High Tech Visas, at last?

Following on from the November election there has been renewed talk about visa reform, and three parts of the discussion are relevant to our tech community here in Hawaii.  Proposed actions include easing visa requirements for international graduates in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) fields, creating a new “Start-Up Visa” for entrepreneurs, and raising the quota for H-1B…

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Posted on December 13, 2012 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Tech Start-up Visa Redux

About a year ago I blogged in this space about proposed federal legislation that would have opened a new visa pathway for international entrepreneurs with potentially viable business start-up plans.  That bill, sponsored by senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) did not pass into law.  This week the New York Times, in its…

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Posted on March 19, 2011 at 10:00pm — 14 Comments

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At 9:30pm on March 20, 2011, Marcus Sortijas said…

Hi John,

 

Thanks for the comment!  Really made me feel welcome here at TechHui.  I'm particularly interested in your writing about the StartUp Visa. 

Slowly, I'm beginning to realize that world governments are competing for the top talent.  It's not just companies anymore.

 

The Ontario provincial government in Canada offers to reimburse 50% of staff salaries.  The Singapore offers an incredible 4-for-1 matching scheme: for every $1 in venture capital an entrepreneur raises, the government will give them $4. More directly, the UK beat the US to offering a startup visa.

 

NBC Nightly News did a report on this topic: Why Silicon Valley immigrant entrepreneurs are heading home

 

Look forward to reading your future posts on this topic.

 

Cheers,

 

Marcus

 
 
 

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