urges an end to HI-B visa limits
Washington: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has urged
the Bush administration and lawmakers today to abolish
immigration limits on foreign engineers who can be hired
by US companies.
an infrequent visit to lobby personally for changes in
federal policy, Gates said the government should eliminate
the limit of 65,000 for overseas workers who can be hired
each year by American firms under specialty H1-B visas
aimed at drawing engineers, scientists, architects and
doctors to the United States.
whole idea of the H1-B visa thing is, don't let too many
smart people come into the country," Gates said during
an invitation-only panel discussion at the Library of
thing basically doesn't make sense."
and other leading technology executives have pressed Congress
aggressively to let them hire more foreign employees by
raising visa limits, but Gates hasn't previously campaigned
to abolish the immigration law entirely.
executives have argued they are unable to find qualified
American workers, a contention disputed by US labour groups
and unemployed computer engineers.
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