Tech:NYC Statement on H1-B Visa Executive Order

In response to the new H1-B visa program executive order signed by President Trump, Tech:NYC has offered the following statement:

“New York’s technology companies need to be able to hire the best employees from all over the world in order to grow and create jobs here. The diversity in our workforce strengthens our state’s tech community and economy as a whole. Companies here applied for more than 58,000 H-1B visas in 2016, so clearly there is real demand for this program. Our tech companies understand that H-1B needs reform and we welcome a review of the program, but we must ensure that those reforms attract more highly skilled workers, not fewer.”

-Julie Samuels, Executive Director