Would A Skill Ranking, Rather Than A Lottery, Solve The H-1B Visa Problem?
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While ranking people based on skill certainly is better than a pure random lottery, it still has its problems. Figuring out who's higher skilled is tricky -- and the suggestions on the table will favor large companies over small and may give too much weight to mediocre candidates who graduate from top schools over top candidates who graduate from mediocre schools. In the end, as even the author notes, the real issue shouldn't be focused on the details of the H-1B program, but on figuring out ways to get more skilled immigrants into the US, helping to build out the economy and create more jobs. That certainly could involve overhauling the H-1B program -- which clearly has far too many abuses -- but it shouldn't involve keeping foreign skilled workers out of the country. That's a recipe for disaster, that will shrink the job market, by having some of the best workers competing against American firms, rather than working for American firms.