Demand for H-1B visas in New England: an analysis of employer requests for highly-skilled guest workers

Abstract: This report finds that New England has some of the highest levels of demand for H-1B workers nationwide, relative to employment, due to significant demand from a few metropolitan labor markets in Connecticut and Massachusetts. This analysis also shows that there are various intended uses of the H-1B visa: it is not solely used to address a STEM-skills shortage nor is it used principally to outsource work to less costly locations. Finally, the report recommends developing a clearer policy goal for the H-1B visa program, which would support more coherent criterion for admitting highly skilled guest workers and provide a context within which to determine the desired admission levels of the program.

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Part of Series: New England Public Policy Center Policy Reports

Publication Date: 2014-10-01

Number: 14-1

Pages: 24 pages