Hiring High-Skilled Foreign Nationals

The ability to hire high-skilled foreign nationals allows employers to access skills not readily available domestically (a knowledge of other markets, for example) and to combine the skills with those of native-born workers. In the United States, generally the only practical way to hire a high-skilled foreign national long term is on an H-1B visa. The shortcomings of the H-1B category have concerned U.S. employers for years.

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.

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