However, commenting on Obama’s order, The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) said it will have only moderate benefits for the technology industry. To help the technology sector, Obama has agreed to increase the number of foreign graduates of American universities with STEM - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - degrees stay in the US to ease employment pressures and enable qualified students to stay in the country, it noted. But it does not address industry hopes of keeping these individuals here on a long-term basis, CFR said as it does not increase the number of H-1B visas for high-skilled experts, currently capped at 65,000. The Washington Post agreed that “the rule changes would make it easier for those from abroad to get a toehold in the US tech industry but will not address one of the tech industry’s top policy priorities: increase in H-1B visas
Nearly six million Mexicans make up over half of an estimated 11.2 unauthorized immigrants in the US. India is a distant fourth top source country with 450,000 living in the country without papers, according to a new Pew Research Centre report. While about 8.1 million unauthorized immigrants make up 5.1 percent of the US labor force, many of them engaged in low paying jobs that Americans don’t want to do, Indians cornered nearly two thirds of the total work permits for skilled workers in 2012.