Breaking the Visa Backlog

Tony Edson has one tough job. As the State Dept.'s deputy assistant secretary for visa services, Edson tries constantly to balance two divergent policy goals: securing U.S. borders from terrorists and other bad guys, while keeping them open for engineers, workers, and other high-skilled immigrants. It's a hot-button issue that has a lot of tech companies, who rely on skilled employees from overseas, worried (see BW Online, 05/01/06, "Give Me Your Diligent, Your Smart").

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