Why Silicon Valley Is Taking A Rare Stand Against Donald Trump
Tech companies are already struggling to hire the best high-skilled foreign workers. The Republican nominee's policies would make that tougher.By Miranda Green, Zach Toombs | August 29, 2016
The tech industry is booming, and it has more unfilled jobs now than ever. Companies like Apple and Google employ almost 7 million people in the U.S. And they say some of their best talent comes from high-skilled foreign workers. More than half of the current billion-dollar startups in the U.S. are founded by immigrants.
But getting high-skilled immigrants into these jobs is getting tougher. There are only 85,000 U.S. work visas given out each year, which means only about one-third of qualified applicants are able to work in the country. Right now, that's leaving the tech industry with many unfilled positions, despite the fact that over 200,000 applicants were sponsored for visas this year.