immigration

  • ‘Scuse Me While I Solve This Immigration Problem

    ‘Scuse Me While I Solve This Immigration Problem

    There’s a crippling STEM talent shortage out there, stalking the streets of Silicon Valley; just ask any Valley executive in the choir crying out for immigration reform. But the IEEE, PBS, and Fortune — an odd triumvirate if ever I saw one — disagree, singing back their own united refrain: “The STEM shortage is a myth!” And, as usual, everyone is wrong. Read More

  • FWD.us Gives First Hard Numbers On Its Impact On Immigration So Far

    FWD.us Gives First Hard Numbers On Its Impact On Immigration So Far

    Is FWD.us really making a difference? Today it released its first quantified stats on its contribution to immigration reform, announcing that it drove 33,500 calls to Congress this summer and a total of 125,000 actions including social media shares. That’s not a stellar call count, but it represents solid work by the political action group founded and funded by tech leaders like Mark… Read More

  • India’s Visa Maze Ensnares Foreign Entrepreneurs

    India’s Visa Maze Ensnares Foreign Entrepreneurs

    Returning for his fourth and final visit to the Indian offices that would grant him a coveted five-year business visa, social entrepreneur Alex Stevens* was confident his wild goose chase was almost at an end. However, facing the elusive supervisor, he was greeted with an awkward smile, a head tilt from side-to-side, and, “sorry, you can’t get your visa now, please come back in… Read More

  • YC-Backed Teleborder Wants To Use Tech Smarts And SaaS To Cut Through Work Visa Red Tape

    YC-Backed Teleborder Wants To Use Tech Smarts And SaaS To Cut Through Work Visa Red Tape

    While immigration reform continues to be a hot topic of contention in the U.S., Teleborder, a new startup that’s part of the current batch of YC companies, has developed a service that aims to tackle another aspect of the issue: the immense amount of red tape that companies have to go through once they do decide to employ someone from outside the U.S. Read More

  • Rep Goodlatte: Immigration Debate “Absolutely” Extends Into Fall, Possibly 2014

    Rep Goodlatte: Immigration Debate “Absolutely” Extends Into Fall, Possibly 2014

    The Congressman in charge of assembling immigration reform in the House of Representatives has come to reassure the public that a bill can pass, but it could take a (very) long time. To alleviate the growing fears that the most unproductive Congress in history will kill immigration reform, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte sat down with me during his whirlwind tech and fundraising tour… Read More

  • Only 16% Of Republicans and 29% of Democrats Want Increased Immigration

    Only 16% Of Republicans and 29% of Democrats Want Increased Immigration

    Despite the international heritage of the United States, Americans are not eager for more immigrants. A new Gallup poll finds that only 16 percent of Republicans and 29 percent of Democrats think that immigration “should be increased.” The good news is that this paltry support is a record high and continues to grow. “Support for increasing immigration remains the minority… Read More

  • Why Immigration Reform May Fail, In 4 Charts

    Why Immigration Reform May Fail, In 4 Charts

    We reported yesterday that the most unproductive Congress in history may kill high-skilled immigration reform. Despite a comprehensive immigration bill being passed in the Senate, top Republicans in the House of Representatives say the Senate version is a “Pipe Dream” and they plan to aggressively pursue their own (right or wrong). Here’s why Republicans and Democrats… Read More

  • Most Unproductive Congress Ever Could Kill Immigration Reform

    Most Unproductive Congress Ever Could Kill Immigration Reform

    It’s looking less likely that high-skilled immigration reform will pass soon, if at all. Comprehensive immigration reform is currently sliced up into several smaller bills, waiting for the long, drawn-out deliberative process in the House of Representatives to stitch them together in a bi-partisan-friendly way. But given that 2013 is set to break the record as being the most… Read More

  • GOP Maj. Leader Eric Cantor On NSA And Investing In Small Government Technology

    GOP Maj. Leader Eric Cantor On NSA And Investing In Small Government Technology

    The House Republican Majority Leader and Congressman with the most charming southern drawl, Eric Cantor, sat down with me at The Atlantic’s Aspen Ideas Festival for an interview on the National Security Agency, Immigration, and the conservative case for supporting government-funded technology. Read More

  • Big Labor’s Anti-Immigration Rumor Machine

    Big Labor’s Anti-Immigration Rumor Machine

    Editor’s note: Vivek
    Wadhwa is a fellow at Stanford Law School, Director of Research at
    Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and VP of
    Innovation and Research at Singularity University. The
    passage of immigration reform by the Senate was a big step forward.
    The bill is far from perfect, but goes a long way towards solving
    Silicon Valley’s talent shortage — and… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Replies To His Facebook Commenters’ Questions On Immigration

    Zuckerberg Replies To His Facebook Commenters’ Questions On Immigration

    “If it’s just about tech wanting to hire more people, not as impressive” commented one of Mark Zuckerberg’s 18 million Facebook followers. “It’s definitely not just about tech immigration” Zuckerberg shot back in the comments for a video he’d posted from his political advocacy group FWD.us. Replying to average joes and reporters alike… Read More

  • Dear Vivek: Think Big On Immigration

    Dear Vivek: Think Big On Immigration

    Editor’s note: Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois in the U.S. Congress and is the Chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Vivek, I was sorry to read in your most recent post that you were “disappointed” with my response to your article on immigration and Silicon Valley, but I am not surprised. You and I… Read More

  • Dear Vivek Wadhwa, We Need To Fix Our Whole Immigration System And I Need Your Help

    Editor’s note: Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois in the U.S. Congress and is the Chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. First, thank you Vivek and thank you to TechCrunch for giving me a chance to engage you and your readers in a dialogue about immigration. Vivek, in your essay “Dear Congressman Gutierrez… Read More

  • The US Needs To Focus Its Educational Efforts On Talented Americans

    The US Needs To Focus Its Educational Efforts On Talented Americans

    Editor’s note: Jonathan Wai is a researcher and writer at the Duke University Talent Identification Program and author of Finding the Next Einstein: Why smart is relative for Psychology Today. Follow him on Twitter. Vivek Wadhwa argues in his recent book — The Immigrant Exodus — that “the future of America depends on skilled immigrants.” The book begins with… Read More

  • Bringing Banking To Immigrants & Unbanked, m-Via Rebrands As Boom Financial, Closes On $17 Million In Funding

    Bringing Banking To Immigrants & Unbanked, m-Via Rebrands As Boom Financial, Closes On $17 Million In Funding

    Global mobile money transfer service m-Via is officially rebranding as Boom Financial today as it announces the close of a $17 million round of funding, led by mobile operator Digicel Group Ltd. The carrier stretches across 31 markets, including the Caribbean, Central America and South Pacific – all geographies Boom Financial aims to target with its service, which provides immigrants and… Read More

  • A Modest Proposal For Immigration: The $100,000 Green Card

    A Modest Proposal For Immigration: The $100,000 Green Card

    Permanent residence in the USA is a valuable asset that is enjoyed by most of you reading this article. Many potential immigrants from around the world want to acquire that asset and become valuable members of American society alongside us. Why don’t we let more of them join us? There are two common objections: they will drive down wages, or they will be a drain on tax-funded programs. Read More

  • Startup Visa D.O.A., and Startup America Just a Giant Press Release?


    President Obama seems to understand the role that startups play and the contribution that skilled immigrants make to U.S. economic growth. He has talked a lot about the importance of science and engineering, and expressed fears that, unless we improve our game, China and India will out-innovate us. He even visited Silicon Valley recently to talk to its elite. And he has had his Chief… Read More

  • Finally, a Startup Visa That Works


    In my last post about the Startup Visa, I was very critical of the Kerry–Lugar legislation. That’s because it required immigrant entrepreneurs to raise at least $250,000 in financing for their startups, of which $100,000 had to come from American VCs or Super Angels. Few startups raise this kind of seed money—even in Silicon Valley. I couldn’t foresee this bill… Read More

  • Why Silicon Valley Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Returning Home

    Why Silicon Valley Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Returning Home

    NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw visited Silicon Valley last month to meet immigrant entrepreneurs. At Microsoft’s Mountain View campus, he met with a dozen of them. More than half said that they might be forced to return to their home countries. That’s because they have the same visa issues that Kunal Bahl had. Unable to get a visa that would allow him to start a company after… Read More

  • How to Fix the Flawed Startup Visa Act

    How to Fix the Flawed Startup Visa Act


    Many foreign-born techies in the U.S. and abroad are pinning their entrepreneurial hopes on the passage of a bill, sponsored by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), to create a startup visa. Tech-industry notables such as Paul Graham, Eric Ries, Brad Feld, Fred Wilson, and David McClure have lobbied for this. I, too, lent this my support. In fact, I have been advocating… Read More