On Monday, President Biden issued a comprehensive executive order addressing artificial intelligence and calling for more high-skilled immigration in AI and other critical and emerging technologies.
Specifically, the executive order directs the relevant government agencies to “take appropriate steps” to:
Additional Information: Following the release of the executive order, DHS issued a fact sheet on how it will proceed. The full text of the Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence can be found on the White House website here.
BAL Analysis: President Biden’s inclusion of immigration measures in the executive order shows that the administration considers attracting and retaining high-skilled foreign workers a key to remaining competitive in AI and other emerging technologies. Work on of some of the measures — e.g., the DHS effort to modernize the H-1B program and the State Department’s push to pilot domestic visa renewal — is already underway. Others would require government agencies to initiate rulemaking, a process that can take months or even years. BAL will continue following the Biden administration’s policies on high-skilled immigration and will provide updates as information becomes available.
This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group.
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