Michigan governor urges 50,000 visas for skilled Detroit immigrants

Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder gives his annual State of the State address to the Assembly in Lansing, MichiganBy Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder unveiled a proposal on Thursday that calls for the U.S. government to allocate 50,000 special visas over the next five years to lure highly skilled immigrants to live and work in the bankrupt city of Detroit. Detroit’s population has fallen to about 700,000 from a peak of 1.8 million in 1950, and Snyder highlighted the amount of opportunity available to newcomers to Detroit. EB-2 visas allow individuals with special talents to enter the country without a job offer. There is no precedent for special visas to be issued for a specific geographic area, Snyder said.

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