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BUSINESS BEAT : Big firms get more visa hires

Aug 06, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

U.S. visa policies are discouraging foreign tech workers from working in start-ups, according to a study by Cornell University and UC San Diego researchers.

The study examined the hiring of foreign workers educated in science and engineering at U.S. universities. These workers get offers from start-ups at the same rate as U.S. citizens but are half as likely to be hired.

The disparity is important because access to foreign talent gives companies a competitive edge, the study said.

"We often see great innovations coming from Google and Apple, but a lot of their innovation is actually from buying start-ups," coauthor John Skrentny said in a statement. "These start-ups have trouble accessing the foreign talent our best universities are graduati...