Years ago, people employed in manufacturing were seen as bit players in an industrial machine, but no longer. Many manufacturing jobs today require high-level STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills. 

Despite encouraging U.S. students, veterans, and those in underrepresented communities to pursue careers in manufacturing, not enough prospective employees are available. 

Manufacturers have their eyes on foreign national students and others from abroad who have the necessary skills notwithstanding the difficulties of this route. Indeed, it is becoming more difficult because some U.S. immigration law is as outmoded as the idea that employees in manufacturing are easily found in the U.S. labor pool. Any manufacturer looking to employ foreign talent must understand the H-1B visa and its alternatives.

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