With the potential of a new era of global protectionism and ‘extreme’ vetting for immigrants to the United States on our near horizon, at least one thing needs to remain constant to keep the United States relevant in the arena of international business: a constant churn of young talent ready to join the labor force with job ready, hands-on, verifiable technical skills that global corporations demand.
If the US labor force can’t accomplish this domestically, corporations will continue to, as they have in the recent past, go off shore for technical talent to countries like India, China and Bulgaria where these technical skills like Object Oriented Programming, Web Development and Database Design, among others are still relatively cheap.
Our nation has two essential ways to remain globally competitive with regard to keeping the brains that make our economically and strategically vital infrastructure function:
1. Invest in and maintain a domestic pool of technically adept knowledge workers
2. Import a pool of technically adept knowledge workers from select trading partner nations
Without these people and these types of technical skills, vital functions of our economy like the internet could simply cease to function. It is imperative therefore, without a significant Federal investment in educational infrastructure into the college transfer and articulation process, for us to, at a minimum to review and improve upon the process for bringing these brains to the United States.
Today the H-1B program, put together by the Department of Labor, allows about 65,000 immigrants to enter the country each year as temporary workers. The incoming administration needs to expand H-1B program, not reduce it. The current lottery process does not insure that we are bringing in the best and brightest, just the luckiest. The administration also needs to insure that the technical infrastructure that supports the H-1B implements the latest technologies available for vetting the imported skills, and that there is indeed a ROI for the American public, that there is a path to citizenship in place for temporary workers, and that at least a majority of the money from high paying jobs that are facilitated via the H-1B are re-invested in the United States.
How does metaCAMPUS support a ‘to-be’ H-1B Visa Process?
Imagine a world that by 2020 facilitates the tracking and approval of accredited curriculum through a purely digital process. Institutions of higher learning in India, China, Bulgaria and the United States would be able to review student learning outcomes and curriculum outlines, where global brick and mortar and digital learners would be able to store and share, secure branded tokens of competency in particular skills sets. An undergraduate student or experienced engineer, would be able to release their branded, verified competencies to the US Department of Labor, allowing the number of annual H-1B Visa immigrants to jump from 65,000 to 650,000 by circumventing the archaic, paper burdened H-1B degree vetting process and credential verification.
Such a solution exists in concept today, and with your support we will be ready to demonstrate a working prototype by 2017. To find out more about how metaCAMPUS supports the H-1B via its unique system of metaBADGES email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below: