Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled a proposal Thursday calling 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.
Snyder's plan, which would involve EB-2 visas and require federal implementation, is aimed at bringing jobs to the city while stemming an exodus of residents.
Detroit's population has fallen to about 700,000 from a peak of 1.8 million in 1950, and Snyder highlighted the available opportunities for newcomers.
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EB-2 visas allow people with special talents to enter the country without a job offer. The visas would be aimed at those with advanced degrees and exceptional skills in sectors including the auto industry, information technology, health care and life sciences, Snyder said at an event announcing the proposal.