Studies spotlight adverse impact of immigration reform inaction

In two weeks, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services will start to accept this year’s applications for H-1B visas. As in previous years, demand is expected to outpace the spaces available and many will not be able to get a visa to work in this country. This annual shortfall is again a reminder of the need for Congress to finally pass immigration reform. Many voices across the spectrum – including Microsoft’s Read more »

Microsoft engages economists and academics on immigration reform in D.C.

On Tuesday, Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. convened leading economists and academics for an engaging discussion on the economic imperative for immigration reform. Panelists participated in a wide ranging conversation focused on the economic consequences of delaying action on immigration reform, as well as the potential to boost job growth and strengthen American competitiveness. [Read more...] Dynamics Tag

Microsoft Testifies on Capitol Hill in Support of Historic Immigration Bill

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Today, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the comprehensive immigration bill introduced by the bipartisan group of senators known as the ‘Gang of 8.’ He will be joined on the panel by several industry and policy experts to discuss the importance of high-skilled immigration reform in order to strengthen the economy and foster innovation in the United States. Microsoft Read more »

Microsoft Supports Introduction of Historic Immigration Bill in the Senate

Today, the U.S. Senate took a significant first step toward reforming our nation’s broken and outdated immigration system with the introduction of comprehensive legislation by the ‘Gang of 8’ Senators. The bipartisan bill will broaden economic prosperity in both the short and long run by increasing access to the best and brightest talent from around the world, while also providing American students and workers with additional STEM education and training Read more »

Start of April Marks Continued H-1B Uncertainty

Beginning next week – on April 1 – employers can start filing applications for H-1B visas for skilled workers that they are looking to hire to fill open jobs here in the U.S. Many of these potential workers are foreign-born students about to graduate in science, technology, engineering and math from U.S. universities, and are in demand to fill critical jobs in the U.S. economy. Each year, there are only Read more »

Microsoft Applauds New Bipartisan Immigration and Education Bill

Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president of Microsoft, issued the following statement on today’s introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013: “It’s critical that America address the shortage of workers with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. There are many high-skilled, high-paying jobs being created by American businesses across the country that are being left unfilled because of this gap. The country’s economic and technology leadership Read more »

Investing in American Innovation and the Next Generation

Editor’s Note: The following post from Microsoft Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs was originally published on the Computer Science Education Week Blog on Dec. 11. The United States is facing a growing challenge that impacts American competitiveness and the opportunities available to the next generation. Put simply, our nation faces an increasing shortage of individuals with the skills necessary to create and deploy the next generation of information technology. Read more »

Organizations Praise Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy Proposal

Today, 20organizations issued a letter in support of Microsoft’s new National Talent Strategy, which outlines ideas for securing U.S. competitiveness and economic growth through citizenship efforts and strategy related to STEM education, skills training and high-skilled immigration reform. As you may remember, Microsoft’s Brad Smith launched the initiative at the Brookings Institution event, “Education and Immigration Reform: Reigniting American Competitiveness and Economic Opportunity.” The announcement generated coverage in a wide Read more »

Statement on Hill Action on STEM Jobs Act of 2012

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All the signs are pointing toward a growing consensus – high-skilled immigration is critical to our nation’s economic recovery. Now is the time to act on high-skilled immigration reform to further drive this recovery. Through government data, academic research and the frontline experience of companies across the country in a range of industries, there is a clearly established shortage of American workers with the science, technology and math skills needed Read more »

STEM Education and the Race to the Future

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Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center hosted a widely attended panel focused on STEM Education and the Race to the Future on Thursday in our Washington, D.C office. The “@Microsoft Conversation” featured National Governors Association Education Division Director Richard Laines, IBM Vice President for Governmental Programs Christopher Padilla, Computer Science Teachers Association Executive Director Chris Stephenson and Microsoft Education Policy and Program Director Allyson Knox. CSTA’s Chris Stephenson, NGA’s Richard Laines, Read more »