TECH LEADERS SAY PROGRESS ON IMMIGRATION KEY TO REVIVING JOBS - Atlanta Immigration lawyer | Best immigration attorneys Atlanta GA

The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness met last week on ways to boost the nation’s struggling economy. The council met at cloud-services provider VM Ware’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California, to solicit ideas on how to jump-start the economy and create more jobs. Council member and AOL co-founder Steve Case was joined by council members John Doerr, a partner with the high-profile Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer. Also present were two nonmembers–Aneesh Chopra, the federal chief technology officer, and Reed Hastings, Netflix’s CEO.

A key focus of that meeting was immigration reform. Sandberg and others stated the need for immigration reforms making it easier for companies to recruit talented foreigners in the U.S.

Sandberg said if Facebook had been unable to get an H-1B visa for a Facebook engineer from Spain who was leading a key project after graduating from Stanford, the company would have moved him and his project offshore. She added that other companies such as Google have been forced to do just that because of the problems they have faced in getting work visas and green cards for high-skilled foreigners.

Lawmakers need to push visa and green cards reforms for high-skilled foreigners apart from the broader debate over comprehensive immigration reform.