`Big mistake` if US blocks overseas skilled workers: Gates
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Last Updated: Friday, July 24, 2009, 17:28
New Delhi: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Friday warned that the US immigration laws may get tougher but he also advocated for free exchange of talent.

"US Congress is very tough on immigration in general. That's unfortunate. What about making an exception for few smart people... Free exchange of talent is very important," Gates said here at a joint conference with IT body Nasscom.

Amidst the US government talking about protection, tougher visa norms etc he commented, "Immigration policy (of US) might actually get more strict. It would be a great mistake."

He said his company has been very vocal against tougher immigration laws.

As Nasscom President Som Mittal drew Gates's attention to President Barrack Obama's comments that US government would create more jobs in Buffallo than in Bangalore, the legendary software architect said "fortunately it (job market) is not a zero sum market".

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First Published: Friday, July 24, 2009, 17:28

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