E7: So You Wanna Revamp Tech's Favorite Visa? Get in Line


 

President Donald Trump’s proposal for a merit-based immigration system has caught the eye of a tech industry that’s still anxious over prospects for using foreign hires to fill its high-skilled talent gap.

 

Trump unveiled the plan in his Feb. 28 address to a joint session of Congress. The merit-based plan – which lacks specifics as to how tech-related skills may be prioritized for border admission – is the latest option to emerge as Congress and the executive branch consider how to tailor high-skilled immigration inflows.

Bloomberg BNA tech and telecom reporters Lydia Beyoud and Michaela Ross talk about the tech industry’s stake in the H-1B immigration debate and why these visas have become controversial for the latest edition of our Code and Conduit podcast.