To the Editor,
I am writing in response to a number of recent articles describing President Eisgruber’s involvement of the University in the politics of immigration. I would like to emphasize an issue that significantly affects our community: the shortage of high-skilled work visas for international students.
As an undergraduate alumnus and current graduate student, I have seen many of Princeton’s brightest minds be forced to leave the United States because, despite finding good employment after graduation, they are unable to get a work visa under the H-1B program. To put it simply: There are not enough visas available for high-skilled workers. As a result, great Princeton-educated scientists, engineers, and businesspeople, who would love to stay and contribute to this country, are forced to leave.
This issue should be a high priority for any kind of advocacy initiative. Not only would addressing the H-1B shortage benefit the current Princeton community, it would also make Princeton a more attractive university to foreign applicants. The returns on a U.S. education are less if you are going to immediately return to your home country anyway. Additionally, the difficulty of obtaining a work visa makes U.S. employers less willing to hire our international students in the first place: Why bother investing time and resources in training someone if they will just have to leave soon?
I hope that the University will prioritize this issue when putting its weight behind immigration reform.
Julian B. Dean ’13 GS