Sometimes the Best and the Brightest: an Analysis of Employer Sponsored Immigrants

Monday, November 15, 2010
12:00pm to 1:30pm
119 Moses Hall (Harris Room)
Berkeley CA 94720

The tech industry has often asserted that the foreign nationals they sponsor for immigration or work visas are "the best and the brightest." Some are indeed brilliant, but what about the group as a whole? This talk will present an analysis of the extent to which the assertion is true, based on salaries, patent production, dissertation awards and so on. It will be shown that for the tech industry in general, the sponsored workers, including those recruited from U.S. university campuses and including those hired by the large,household-name firms, tend to be of only ordinary talent levels. However, certain specific firms are exceptions. Finally, there will be some discussion of recent trends that the sending nations' truly best and brightest students are less interested in U.S. study than in the past.