H1B Visa Program is not Attracting the Best and Brightest According to Study
Posted on 15-Mar-2013. Updated on 05-Sep-2013.
Topics: Effects of Immigration on American Workers
The technology industry, in lobbying Congress for expansion of programs to attract skilled foreign workers, has long claimed that foreign students graduating from U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are typically “the best and the brightest,” i.e., exceptionally talented innovators in their fields. However, the industry and its supporters have offered little or no evidence to back up their assertion. The claim is investigated in this report, with a focus on former foreign students now working in the United States, the group viewed by the industry as key to innovation.
The assertion that the foreign graduates offer superior skills or ability relative to U.S. graduates is found not to be supported by the data:
- On a variety of measures, the former foreign students have talent lesser than, or equal to, their American peers.
- Skilled-foreign-worker programs are causing an internal brain drain in the United States
 Press Release: "Are foreign students the ‘best and brightest’? Data and implications for immigration policy", Norman Matloff, 28-February-2013
 Study: "Are foreign students the ‘best and brightest’? Data and implications for immigration policy", Norman Matloff, 28-February-2013