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Bloomberg: Getting a Visa Took Longer Than Building Instagram

In this Bloomberg article, read about how Instagram almost didn’t happen, and the U.S.’s convoluted immigration system would have been to blame.  Before Mike Krieger created the wildly popular photo-sharing app with business partner Kevin Systrom, he was living in Silicon Valley on a temporary work visa.  If not for some lucky breaks navigating the country’s immigration process, our world of artfully filtered, boxy photographs might look very different today.

We have previously written about the shortage of H-1B visas, and how Congress should do something about it, namely, increase the annual number of these temporary work visas for professionals. The absurdity of this situation was recently highlighted by delivery problems at USCIS  service centers, when thousands of people applied for H-1B visas during a one-day application period.

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