Russ Harrison, director of government relations at the IEEE-USA, said the president's remarks shows "clearly, that there will be a high-skill component" to the planned reforms. Those change are expected in December — after the elections — which Harrison called a hopeful sign.
The IEEE has supported improvements to the green card system, and favors permanent immigration over increasing temporary workers. "The president can't make the H-1B visa program more 'efficient' because you can't be efficiently temporary," said Harrison.
Instead, Obama was referring to the entire process used to let skilled workers stay in this country; Harrison said the best way to accomplish that is to speed up the process used to turn foreign students into U.S. citizens.
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