Tech Professionals Respond To Trump Suspending New Work Visas

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Tech Professionals Respond To Trump Suspending New Work Visas
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Earlier this week, President Trump signed an Executive Order temporarily suspending foreign workers from coming to the U.S through work visas. On Blind, an anonymous professional network with 3.6+MM verified professionals primarily in tech, we gauge how this executive order affected these professionals and what they were doing in response.

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With a large percentage of our users making up the ~85,000 high-skilled foreign workers that allegedly bring their talents to the U.S. economy through work visas such as the H1B, here are some key learnings:

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Trump's Executive Order Suspending New Work Visas

Key Findings as 6/23- 6/25 ~3,100

  • Are you on a work visa?
    • 53% of respondents answered yes
      • 62% of Amazon employees  answered yes
      • 60% of Facebook employees answered yes
    • Are you impacted by the new Executive Order suspending new work visas such as the H1B?
    • Is a family member impacted by the new Executive Order suspending new work visas such as the H1B?
      • . 5% answered” Yes, directly impacted - e.g. a rescinded job offer”
  • 26% answered “Yes, but limited - e.g. restricted travel or career opportunities”
  • If impacted, what are you likely going to do in response?
    • . 17% answered “Try for a new job/position at a different company”
  • 34% answered “Look for a job in a new country”
  • 17% “End my job search”
  • If impacted, which other countries are looking at for new career opportunities?
    • . 43% answered “Other areas in North America (Canada or Mexico)”
  • 33% answered “The UK or Mainland Europe”

As Tech companies quickly spoke out against the Trump administration's announcement, Blind wanted to mobilize the voices of all the professionals to this effect.

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