Study results: Law could open door to foreign high-tech workers

By Control Engineering Staff October 3, 2006

Washington, DC— Legislation pending before the U.S. Congress “would admit foreign computing and engineering workers in numbers much greater than historical trends or casual assumptions about future employment levels,” a recent study shows. The research was commissioned by IEEE-USA and conducted by Georgetown University .

The August report from Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of International Migration concluded that the estimated number of new high-tech visas available under the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006” (S.2611) over the next 10 years could be 1.88 million. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates, the number of new computing and engineering workers needed by the U.S. economy over that time is 1.25 million.

“The report calls into question Congress’ approach to high-skill immigration reform,” said IEEE-USA President Ralph W. Wyndrum Jr. “Its analysis provides needed context to the immigration numbers being discussed on Capitol Hill.”

IEEE-USA includes more than 220,000 engineers, scientists, and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE . To view the report, click here .

For more on the legislation, click here and search bill number S.2611 in the “search bill text” box.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk Jeanine Katzel , senior editor