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History: Shortage of STEM workforce filled with foreign professionals

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Here are a few examples of moments in the past when the United States has experienced a shortage of STEM workforce and filled the gap with professionals from foreign countries:


After World War II, the U.S. faced a shortage of scientists and engineers due to the high demand for technological advancement in industries like defense and aerospace. In response, the government launched the “Attracting Outstanding Scientists and Engineers to the United States” program – Operation Paperclip, which recruited top talent from Europe to work in the U.S. This controversial top-secret U.S. intelligence program brought Nazi German scientists to America for Cold War initiatives.


During the 1960s and 1970s, the U.S. saw a shortage of computer programmers due to the rapid growth of the technology industry. To address this, many companies began hiring programmers from India, which had a well-established computer industry at the time.


In the early 2000s, the U.S. experienced a shortage of H-1B visas, which allow highly skilled foreign workers to come to the U.S. to work in specialized fields. This shortage was due to a combination of factors, including increased demand for STEM talent and stricter immigration policies. Many tech companies, including Microsoft and Intel, pushed for an increase in the number of H-1B visas available to address the shortage.


More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the shortage of healthcare workers in the U.S. Many hospitals and healthcare facilities have relied on foreign-born doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to fill the gaps in the workforce.

These are just a few examples, but they illustrate how the U.S. has historically relied on foreign talent to supplement its own STEM workforce in times of need.

The solution from Workforce in Motion

Workforce in Motion offers a solution to the gap in the workforce in Arizona and Nevada. We support companies to find Mexican skilled STEM graduates and technicians, from entry level to experienced workers, ready to work in Arizona.

Our immigration expert takes care of all the visa process for the company and for the talent to be ready to work within 2 months. You don’t need to hire an expensive immigration law firm; we manage all the visa process.

The benefits of using our services

There are many benefits of using our services, including:

  • The professionals will be ready to work withing 2 months. We take care of all the visa process for the company and for the professionals.
  • We can support companies with qualified professionals who speak at least English and Spanish
  • The professionals will have experience working in a different country in a STEM profession
  • All of these aspects will help your team diversity and performance with unique skills


In the next week’s blog we will address the contribution of professionals from foreign countries to the United States of America.


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