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Australia

Open Arms in the Land Down Under

No quotas on high-skilled temporary visas, easy policies on transferring personnel, the ability for individuals to gain permanent residence within two years, strong policies on retaining international students, and good policies on hiring lower-skilled workers and attracting entrepreneurs make Australia’s immigration policies among the world’s most favorable for economic growth.

Score Breakdown: Australia vs. United States

About the Report

Business Roundtable selected the evaluated countries based on five criteria:

  1. Worldwide university rankings;
  2. Per-capita income;
  3. Gross domestic product growth rate;
  4. Net migration rate; and
  5. Research and development investment.

After comparing each advanced economy relative to the five criteria, the top 10 countries (including the United States) were selected for the study: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (U.K.). Not coincidentally, these are the countries with which the United States competes most for foreign talent, particularly in science and technology fields.