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October 2008 Volume 14 Number 4

Examining H-1B Visas & High-Skilled Asian Immigration

Sloan West Coast Program on Science and Engineering Workers
Examining H-1B Visas & High-Skilled Asian Immigration

UC AAPI Policy Multi-Campus Research Program
Friday, January 30, 2009
UCLA, Young Research Library
Library Conference Center

The US high-tech industry is a rapidly moving economic machine, providing millions of jobs for Americans. However, the last decade has witnessed the increase of high-skilled immigration to fill jobs in the industry through the H-1B visa program. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, India, Japan, and China are among the top 10 countries sending workers to the US through the H-1B visa program, with India as the nation with the highest number overall.

This trend of high-skilled immigration has become a controversial issue within the US high-tech industry and has received growing attention in the fields of immigration and labor studies, as well as public policy discourse. This seminar will explore the economic and policy implications of high-skilled immigration policy and the H-1B visa in both Asia and the US.

The seminar is organized by the MRP with the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and cosponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA School of Public Affairs, and the UCLA Canadian Studies Program.

This event is by invitation only and participants must RSVP online at

Sign In & Breakfast
Welcome Remarks and Introduction
Franklin Gilliam, Jr., Dean, UCLA School of Public Affairs
Phil Martin, UC-Davis Department of Agriculture
Michael Teitelbaum, Vice President, Sloan Foundation
Panel 1: Voices from the Industry
Moderator: Kathy Sims, Director, UCLA Career Center
Bob Ericksen, Director, UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars
Mike Foster, Sr. Director, Global Staffing, Qualcomm
Tien-Li Loke Walsh, Attorney, Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group
Kerry Olin, University and Central Talent Acquisition, Microsoft Corporation
Luncheon Panel
Moderator: Paul Ong, Professor, Public Policy and Asian American Studies, UCLA
Rafiq Dossani, Professor, Economics, Stanford University
Edward J.W. Park, Associate Professor, Asian Pacific American Studies Program, Loyola Marymount University
Sharmila Rudruppa, Associate Professor, Sociology and Center for Asian American Studies, University of Texas, Austin
Open Discussion
Panel 2: Social, Economic, and Policy Implications of the High-Skilled Immigration Trend
Moderator: John Rose, Immigration Specialist, Consulate General of Canada, LA
Jeanne Batalova, Policy Analyst and Manager, Migration Policy Institute
John Miano, Research Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies
Closing Remarks & Evaluations

Directions and Parking
From the 405, exit Sunset heading east. Follow Sunset and turn right onto Hilgard. The parking and information structure will be on your right by Parking Lot 2. Speak with the attendant about which lot is available for event parking due to potential competing events. Campus maps are also available at the structure. The closest parking structure will be P3.

Daily parking permits are available at the information structure for $9.

Ground Transportation from LAX

There are a variety of options available ranging from shared-ride vans to taxis to rental cars.

Primetime Shuttle = $14/one way

Super Shuttle = $16/one way

There is also a Flyaway LAX, which will take you to Westwood, however, you would then need to walk north through campus to arrive at the Young Research Library. The charge is $5/one way.

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