The H4 Visas’ Curse

by Shah Peerally, Esq.

President Obama in his remarks in El Paso last May said, “In recent years, a full 25 percent of high-tech startups in the United States were founded by immigrants, leading to more than 200,000 jobs in America.” This was echoed, in the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which stated in its report, “Highly skilled immigrants create jobs, they do not take jobs.” More recently, In a State of the Union address, President Obama again observed that “Innovation is what America has always been about. Most new jobs are created in start-ups and small businesses.”

Do such statement sound hollow in the face of what is increasingly becoming one of the biggest potential dangers to American economy, the lack of growth in different sectors fueled by in house talent. When president Obama talks about ‘contributing to the nation and about partnering in crises, isn’t he forgetting about tapping the huge latent talent that the US is practically sitting on?

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Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).