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John Robert Egan
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"Following up, here's what the Economist has to say about sending our international graduates away: http://j.mp/WqU9pv"
Sep 6
John Robert Egan commented on John Robert Egan's blog post Annual “Tech Visa” lottery leaves half of applicants disappointed
"@Dan Yes, I bought two copies, one for my own bookshelf and the other to lend out! I am a fan of Vivek Wadhwa's view, and it is very interesting to find his co-author here in Hawaii. Thanks for the heads-up."
Aug 23
Daniel Leuck commented on John Robert Egan's blog post Annual “Tech Visa” lottery leaves half of applicants disappointed
"@John I agree. On the subject of our country's furious expulsion of talent, have you read The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent? TechHui author Alex Salkever was a co-author.  A 2012…"
Aug 22
John Robert Egan commented on John Robert Egan's blog post Annual “Tech Visa” lottery leaves half of applicants disappointed
"One of the most disheartening things about the current U.S. policy is that almost everyone agrees that it needs to be changed, but the dysfunctional state of our national politics is preventing any meaningful progress."
Aug 20
Pablo commented on John Robert Egan's blog post Annual “Tech Visa” lottery leaves half of applicants disappointed
"Yes, It's disappointed. I'm from Argentina, and for me is like a mission impossible. But I'll try."
Aug 20
Daniel Leuck commented on John Robert Egan's blog post Annual “Tech Visa” lottery leaves half of applicants disappointed
"It is a painfully stupid policy that is damaging to US companies and economically unsupportable. At the core of the problem is the lack of a truly merit based approach. INS doesn't allow companies to hire based on specific sets of required…"
Jul 9
John Robert Egan's blog post was featured

Annual “Tech Visa” lottery leaves half of applicants disappointed

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service ran its annual selection process to distribute the quota of 85,000 high-skilled worker visas among over 172,000 applicants in April.  Tech firms who rely on the H-1B visa category are finding this bottleneck in the labor market increasingly difficult to manage and appear to be developing strategies for…See More
May 13
John Robert Egan posted a blog post

Annual “Tech Visa” lottery leaves half of applicants disappointed

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service ran its annual selection process to distribute the quota of 85,000 high-skilled worker visas among over 172,000 applicants in April.  Tech firms who rely on the H-1B visa category are finding this bottleneck in the labor market increasingly difficult to manage and appear to be developing strategies for…See More
May 13
John Robert Egan added a discussion to the group Innovation Economy Workforce Development
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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
John Robert Egan posted a blog post

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
John Robert Egan posted a blog post

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

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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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Annual “Tech Visa” lottery leaves half of applicants disappointed

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service ran its annual selection process to distribute the quota of 85,000 high-skilled worker visas among over 172,000 applicants in April.  Tech firms who rely on the H-1B visa category are finding this bottleneck in the labor market increasingly difficult to manage and appear to be developing strategies for…

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Posted on May 13, 2014 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

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

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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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