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James Pittman

James Pittman


Angel Contreras Cruz, PhD

Angel Contreras Cruz, PhD

Ph.D. candidate, Evaluation of Immigration Policies for Technology Professionals


A Hierarchical Decision Model (HDM) to evaluate U.S. immigration policies for technology professionals

This episode of Immigration Uncovered features a discussion with Dr. Angel Contreras Cruz, a recent PhD graduate from Portland State University. Dr. Cruz presents his research on developing a hierarchical decision model to evaluate US immigration policies towards high-skilled technology professionals. The discussion covers the impact of current policies, Dr. Cruz's model, and recommendations for improving policies to meet economic and talent needs better.

Key Discussion Points

  • Issues with visa caps for high-skilled tech workers not matching application demand
  • Importance of social/community support for attracting and retaining immigrant talent
  • Using multi-criteria decision models to guide immigration policy analysis
  • Suggestions for more inclusive visa policies and collaboration between companies and universities

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