Federal Policy Agenda


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High-skilled Immigration

Immigration Principles

  • While the Administration might take steps to address immigration, 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 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.
  • Federal immigration regulations, policies, and adjudications should facilitate, not restrict, the movement of high-skilled workers 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 that H-1B job training fees are used effectively, ensure the supply of H-1B visas match demand, and reduce the backlog in employment-based green cards.
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