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End H1-B visa curbs: Bill Gates

April 28, 2005 18:07 IST

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has said that the curbs on how many foreign workers US tech firms can bring into the United States should be done away with, according to news reports.

Gates said that he would eliminate the H1-B programme, which limits the number of visas companies can grant to skilled foreign workers, if he were king for a day and could make any changes to US policy.

Gates was participating in a Microsoft-sponsored discussion in Washington DC, about ways to drive US innovation and help the country compete with other nations.

"The whole idea behind the H1-B thing is, 'Don't let too many smart people come into the country.' The thing basically doesn't make sense. That's just wounding ourselves in this global competition," said Gates.

The Microsoft chairman pointed out that it is difficult to find enough qualified computer science applicants with the H1-B visa limit in place.

India and China produce the most number of math and science graduates -- far more than the US does -- and due to the visa restrictions many top IT brains often stay in their home countries.

Gates said that the US education system needed dramatic changes to overcome this problem.

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Sub: Wake up indians

hello indians, wake up guys. see the whole world can recognise us now. But why go and work for others when u can change the ...

Posted by Sandeep Kataria

Sub: Way to go Mr Bill Gates

This will help all the good talented techies from India to join Microsoft and Other Big companies. This shows that our Indian education system is ...

Posted by Prasad Puttachar

Sub: H1-B Visas

I agree with Microsoft chairman on this issue. Restriction is necessary as far the security of the United States is concerned but the need of ...

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Sub: bill gates plea for elimination of H 1 visa numbers

three cheers to the proposition that H 1 visa numbers should be constricted.the country needs all the brains and only india and china can provide ...

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