Ga. technology group asks for visa reforms

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ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia business group is calling on lawmakers to improve a federal visa program that lets companies temporarily hire specialty workers, especially in technology fields.

The Technology Association of Georgia says a new report found caps on how many visas can be issued each year limits growth of computer-related jobs.

A report by the Partnership for a New American Economy says denials of visa applications may have slowed the growth of metro Atlanta’s technology industry and caused the region to miss out on adding more than 11,000 jobs for American-born workers in 2009 and 2010.

The Technology Association’s president Tino Mantella says companies compete globally for the best employees and need more flexibility. He says expanding the H1-B visa program could help.

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