Studies spotlight adverse impact of immigration reform inaction

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft In two weeks, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services will start to accept this year’s applications for H-1B visas. As in previous years, demand is expected to outpace the spaces available and many will not be able to get a visa to work in this country….

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Microsoft engages economists and academics on immigration reform in D.C.

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Tuesday, Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. convened leading economists and academics for an engaging discussion on the economic imperative for immigration reform. Panelists participated in a wide ranging conversation focused on the economic consequences of delaying action on immigration reform, as well as…

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Microsoft Testifies on Capitol Hill in Support of Historic Immigration Bill

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Today, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the comprehensive immigration bill introduced by the bipartisan group of senators known as the ‘Gang of 8.’ He will be joined on the panel by several industry and policy…

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Microsoft Supports Introduction of Historic Immigration Bill in the Senate

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, the U.S. Senate took a significant first step toward reforming our nation’s broken and outdated immigration system with the introduction of comprehensive legislation by the ‘Gang of 8’ Senators. The bipartisan bill will broaden economic prosperity in both the short…

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Start of April Marks Continued H-1B Uncertainty

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Beginning next week – on April 1 – employers can start filing applications for H-1B visas for skilled workers that they are looking to hire to fill open jobs here in the U.S. Many of these potential workers are foreign-born students…

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Microsoft Applauds New Bipartisan Immigration and Education Bill

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president of Microsoft, issued the following statement on today’s introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013: “It’s critical that America address the shortage of workers with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. There are many high-skilled, high-paying jobs…

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Investing in American Innovation and the Next Generation

Editor’s Note: The following post from Microsoft Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs Fred Humphries was originally published on the Computer Science Education Week Blog on Dec. 11. Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft The United States is facing a growing challenge that impacts American competitiveness and the opportunities available to the…


Organizations Praise Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy Proposal

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Today, 20 organizations issued a letter in support of Microsoft’s new National Talent Strategy, which outlines ideas for securing U.S. competitiveness and economic growth through citizenship efforts and strategy related to STEM education, skills training and high-skilled immigration reform. As you may remember, Microsoft’s Brad Smith launched the…

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Statement on Hill Action on STEM Jobs Act of 2012

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft All the signs are pointing toward a growing consensus – high-skilled immigration is critical to our nation’s economic recovery. Now is the time to act on high-skilled immigration reform to further drive this recovery. Through government data, academic research and the frontline experience of companies across…

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STEM Education and the Race to the Future

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center hosted a widely attended panel focused on STEM Education and the Race to the Future on Thursday in our Washington, D.C office. The “@Microsoft Conversation” featured National Governors Association Education Division Director Richard Laines, IBM Vice President for Governmental Programs Christopher Padilla,…