Federal Policy Agenda


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Immigrant innovators, entrepreneurs, and workers are a valued part of our economy and workforces who make important contributions to our nation and communities every day.  For example, immigrant entrepreneurs have started more than half (44 of 87) of America’s startup companies valued at $1 billion or more.  As the administration continues addressing existing immigration programs, we advocate for policies that ensure high-skilled immigration can continue to fuel innovation, investment, and job creation in the U.S., while minimizing unnecessary and avoidable disruptions to our workforces that jeopardize economic growth.  TechNet believes:

  • Only Congress can provide substantive, permanent reform to high-skilled immigration policy.
  • Numerical levels and categories for high-skilled non-immigrant and immigrant visas should be responsive to economic need and, where appropriate, include mechanisms to fluctuate based on transparent, predictable, and objective standards.
  • Spouses and children should not be counted against the cap of high-skilled immigrant visa applicants.  There should not be a marriage or family penalty.
  • Per-country green card caps should be eliminated.
  • Federal immigration legislation, regulations, policies, and adjudications should facilitate, not restrict, the movement of high-skilled workers and entrepreneurs starting a new company.
  • The nation’s employers are in the best position to identify which skilled workers are necessary and qualified for permanent employment opportunities in the U.S.
  • The U.S. should curtail uses of the H-1B visa that directly displace American workers and offshore jobs.
  • The U.S. should ensure Americans are receiving opportunities to gain the skills and training necessary to secure jobs in areas where there is a demand for high-skilled workers.
  • Congress, not an unelected decision-making or advisory body, should establish the appropriate levels of high-skilled immigration and the scope and contours of high-skilled employment and visa classifications.
  • Legislation should include provisions that ensure H-1B job training fees are used effectively, ensure the supply of H-1B visas match demand, and reduce the backlog of employment-based green cards.  A science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) visa for foreign students who have earned master’s degrees or above from U.S. colleges and universities promotes economic growth by ensuring that talented innovators educated and trained in the U.S. can become Americans and create jobs here.
  • Given the contributions refugees continue to make to our economy and society, TechNet supports efforts by federal, state, and local governments to ensure the U.S. continues its proud tradition of welcoming refugees in our communities.
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