Google Calls for Immigration Reform to Address AI, Cybersecurity Talent Crunch

May 2, 2024
Google Calls for Immigration Reform to Address AI, Cybersecurity Talent Crunch
  • Google has urged the Department of Labor to update immigration policies, making a case for including AI and cybersecurity as scarce occupations.

  • The company stresses that current policies lack the flexibility to meet the urgent demand for tech talent in the United States.

  • Google advocates for revising Schedule A to incorporate AI and cybersecurity roles, noting that it hasn't been updated in two decades.

  • By updating Schedule A, Google argues that green card processing times could be reduced by about a year, expediting the hiring of skilled tech workers.

  • This push for immigration reform is driven by a nationwide shortage of AI specialists and the intense competition for tech talent among leading companies.

  • Google has temporarily halted green card applications until at least Q1 2025, citing stringent immigration policies, a move echoed by other tech giants seeking easier immigration for skilled workers.

  • The broader AI industry's growth is being hampered by restrictive US immigration policies, which are pivotal in attracting and retaining global talent.

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