Response to the Jan. 27 US executive order on immigration

On Sunday Microsoft issued the following statement in response to the Jan. 27 executive order on immigration: “We believe the executive order is misguided and a fundamental step backwards. There are more effective ways to protect public safety without creating so much collateral damage to the country’s reputation and values.” On Monday, Jan. 30, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hosted an employee Q&A, where he offered more personal remarks, saying: “I Read more »

More spouses of high-skilled immigrants will be eligible to work

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez made an important, long-awaited announcement: qualifying spouses of H-1B employees will become eligible for employment authorization. The final rule implementing this regulatory change was published yesterday in the Federal Register and goes into effect on May 26, 2015. This change is important for families and significant for our economy as a whole. We applaud the Department of Homeland Security and the Read more »

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

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 »