Should the U.S. Expand the H-1B Visa Program?

Three experts offer a vigorous debate on whether the program helps or hurts the U.S., and whether it exploits foreign workers

Some companies say they never get enough H-1B visas. Some economists say companies abuse the program.Illustration: Nadia Radic

U.S. companies have benefited for decades from a type of visa called H-1B, which allows employers to sponsor workers from abroad who have specialized skills when Americans with similar capabilities can’t be found.

But the program is contentious.

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