This year, it took only ten weeks for employers to reach the nation's overall cap on the H-1B visas they need to hire immigrant workers in specialty occupations—three times faster than last year. Yet debates over the program suffer from a lack of information about where demand for H-1B workers is highest, and the role that the program plays in addressing local labor market needs. In the video above, Neil Ruiz describes the demand for skilled labor and previews a related Brookings event on July 18, 2012. Neil Ruiz: We need to keep the doors open for immigrants to help contribute to America's economy and innovation in research and development. For more information on the event, click here: http://goo.gl/5Sfaf
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