Skilled workers from abroad are avoiding America

February 21, 2018

Although skilled professionals from abroad are highly prized by American recruiters, fewer foreign workers are agreeing to sign on for employment in the United States during the Trump era, due to uncertainties about immigration and a perceived culture of rampant bias nationwide, Axios reported on February 20.

Last year, in a survey conducted on behalf of the immigration services firm, Envoy, 50% of the companies reached by The Harris Poll said they expected to increase foreign hiring.

This year, the number is even higher, at 59%. But there’s a hurdle: 33% of candidates are so anxious about U.S. immigration policy that they either refuse to accept—despite the high signing bonuses currently available—or say they will refrain from starting work until their visas are approved.

The candidates saying this are primarily from China, India and the Philippines, Harris said.

Axios reports that, according to Envoy CEO Dick Burke, 42% of the companies surveyed report that foreign hires are anxious about getting through the immigration process, and 35% say individual visa cases are in fact becoming more difficult.

As a result, a number of workers are just staying home, Burke told the news organization: “They say, ‘My own country is modernizing. I will just stay home because it’s not worth the anxiety whether I’ll get back into the country,'” Burke said.

The situation is having an impact on production. Indeed, fully 26% of companies are delaying projects because of uncertainty in immigration.

The talent gap is real. We need to check but not to throttle innovation in the United States,” Burke said.

Research contact: @envoy

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