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Expert: US Unlikely to Ease Visa Restrictions for AI Talent

September 10, 2019 (1 min read)

Jared Council, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 10, 2019

"A global group focused on artificial intelligence is calling on governments to revamp their visa policies to make it easier for AI professionals to freely move around the world.

The Partnership on AI—a research and advocacy organization whose members include Inc., Chinese search-engine company Baidu Inc., the American Psychological Association and the American Civil Liberties Union—on Tuesday published recommendations aimed in part at addressing policies that limit where AI professionals can work, meet and study.

... While the policy recommendations don’t target the U.S., they come as Washington has been placing additional scrutiny on employee visa applications, including those for highly skilled tech workers seeking temporary H1-B visas. As such, said Cornell Law School professor Stephen Yale-Loehr, the country is unlikely to embrace the group’s suggestions.

“I wish them well, but a lot of these things I do not think are going to be implemented in the United States,” he said."