Professionals and Managers

Executive Action on Immigration: Six Ways to Make the System Work Better

Report Author: 
Donald M. Kerwin, Doris Meissner, Margie McHugh
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Mar

While sweeping reform to fix a US immigration system widely acknowledged as broken has taken a backseat politically, opportunities exist within the executive branch to improve the ways in which the nation's existing immigration laws and policies are administered.

Report File: 
Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the Massachusetts Biotechnology Industry

Report Author: 
Daniel J. Monti, Laurel Smith-Doerr and James McQuaid
Original Date of Publication: 
2007 Jun

The findings suggest that the nationwide trend of skilled immigrants creating high tech businesses is also affecting the Massachusetts biotechnology industry.

Among the more striking conclusions found about biotechnology firms founded in New England are:
• In 25.7 percent of these companies, at least one founder was foreign-born.
• Biotechnology companies in New England with at least one immigrant founder produced over $7.6 billion in sales and employed over 4,000 workers in 2006.

Source Organization: 
Immigrant Learning Center

H-1B Visa Applications Slow

The number of H-1B visa applications - nonimmigrant speciality work permits - has dropped significantly this year. Whereas in past years, the applications exceeded the allowed quota, this recessionary years has 20,000 remaining applications (out of a total quota of the 65,000 subject category) as of mid-April. In 2007 and 2008, more than 150,000 and nearly 200,000 H-IB applications were filed, respectively.

Asian Owned Businesses

Report Author: 
Paul Watanabe and Michael Liu
Original Date of Publication: 
2007 Jun

This report profiles Asian-owned businesses in Massachusetts.1 In the profile, we see that the number of these businesses and their sales and receipts are substantial and, most importantly, rapidly expanding.These companies employ a significant number of workers which adds considerably to their payrolls. They are varied in size and area of activity. While some assuredly appeal to and serve an expanding Asian American clientele, others are involved in more mainstream pursuits with broad customer bases.

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts
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