Instagram almost lost one of its cofounders because he couldn't get a work visa
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It ended up taking more than three months. By comparison, building the first version of the app that became Instagram only took a few weeks.Krieger's case is a common problem among immigrants looking to work legally in the US. Because demand for H-1B visas far outstrip the number of visas offered each year, only a portion of qualified immigrant workers get cleared to work legally. It usually involves a lottery where only a select nuber of employees get to win the visa by luck and timing.
This year, for example, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services stopped receiving applications for the visa after just 7 days due to the explosive amount of requests it received. Two years ago, it shut down applications after just 5 days.This has been a contentious issue among lawmakers. Some people believe immigrants are taking away jobs from US citizens, while the other side argues there simply aren't enough qualified Americans, especially in the high-tech fields of engineering and computer programming, to do the work immigrants are doing.But for Krieger, it's an area that needs huge reform because he believes immigrants are helping the US. "The U.S. economy really benefits from letting the right people in. Some of them will go on to become job creators; some of them will just go on to do really well at their jobs," he said in the report.
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