Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Liberal Studies


Monica W. Varsanyi

Subject Categories

Immigration Law | Law and Society | Legal Theory


Immigration, Sociolegal perspective, STEM, Skilled worker, Discrimination


Intense demand for cheap labor in the United States has resulted in a widespread effect of employing high skilled immigrants in STEM fields. Examining how companies use high-skilled visa categories to create a flexible cheaper immigrant workforce, this paper demonstrates that skilled immigrants from Asia are being exploited through neutral skills-based criteria that are de facto racially biased. The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of how, from the perspective of law and society, skills-based immigration works primarily to benefit the technological industry rather than skilled immigrants.



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