Using the O-1 Visa to Expand the Workforce


A recent report by the Brookings Institution on the “brain gain” from U.S. immigration concluded that “today’s visa programs for high-skilled workers are not large enough [or open enough] to fill the numerical demand for such employees.”

The report called for the expansion and promotion of current visa programs for the highly-skilled, pointing in particular to the O-1 program for “people with extraordinary abilities in the arts, sciences, education, business and sports,” noting that only 45,000 individuals utilized the program in 2008.

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