EdStat: 58% of Less-Educated White Respondents Think the Number of Skilled Immigrant Visas Should be Decreased

Currently, the U.S. government provides up to 85,000 visas each year to highly educated immigrants identified by American businesses for employment in the United States. Some say that these visas are necessary for filling vital jobs, while others say they take jobs away from American college graduates. In our 2017 EdNext poll, we asked respondents if the number of visas for skilled workers should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same. Fifty-eight percent of white respondents without a college degree would cut the number of skilled-worker visas, while just 37 percent of white respondents with a college degree would do so. To learn more about the findings from our 2017 EdNext poll, read the full report in our Winter 2018 issue or check out our online interactive tool.

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