Boston Fed to Release New Research on H-1B Visa Demand
NEC Members Invited to October 8 Forum
NEC members are invited join the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for a regional perspective on demand for H-1B visas and a forum discussion on improving high-skill immigration policy for New England.
October 8, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Connolly Center, 4th Floor Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston MA Click Here To Register
How might we improve immigration policy to support New England’s economy? High-skilled immigrants play an important role in innovation and research and development in New England, particularly in science, technology, engineering and computer & mathematics fields and are therefore important contributors to New England’s skilled labor force. H-1B visas are a primary vehicle for attracting skilled immigrants but are limited in number, and the program’s policy goals are not well defined. Further, little is known about these visas at the regional level, information that is critical when considering its benefits for New England and opportunities for policy improvement
This forum will present new research from the Boston Fed’s New England Public Policy Center profiling the demand for H-1B visas in New England and its major metropolitan areas. Panelists will discuss the extent to which the program is accomplishing its intended goals and explore policy reforms that could promote better policy outcomes.