Federal Policy Agenda
- While the Administration might take steps to address
immigration, only Congress can provide substantive, permanent reform to high-skilled
- 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.