Microsoft's Gates Urges End to Tech Visa Limits

The United States should remove visa limits to allow more skilled foreign citizens to work at U.S. companies if it wants to remain a leader in technology, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said on Wednesday. Microsoft is having a hard time finding skilled workers within the United States, and the lack of H-1B visas for skilled workers is only making the situation worse, Gates said in a panel discussion at the Library of Congress.

"The whole idea of the H-1B visa thing is, don't let too many smart people come into the country. The whole thing doesn't make sense," Gates said. Gates echoed the concerns of other business and education leaders who warn that the United States must improve science education and boost spending on research and development to avoid falling behind India, China and other countries that are rapidly gaining ground.

News source: Reuters

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The United States should remove visa limits to allow more skilled foreign citizens to work at U.S. companies if it wants to remain a leader in technology, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said on Wednesday. Microsoft is having a hard time finding skilled workers within the United States, and the lack of H-1B visas for skilled workers is only making the situation worse, Gates said in a panel discussion at the Library of Congress.


What he meant to say is that MS is having a hard time finding skilled workers within the United States who are willing to work for minimum wage or far below the expected salary for someone with their education and training an/or experience. Overseas workers are glad to come to the US and work for wages that we consider too low. This philosophy is going to cause America to become increasingly reliant on other nations to survive economically. I'm usually not a Gates basher, but I think this is a bad idea that in the long run and only has the already deep pockets of corporate America in mind.