ACIP quoted in article: “House Introduces Visa Bill for High-Skilled Workers”

5/30/2013
Council in the News

​​SHRM, 05/28/2013 –

“Republican House members introduced legislation that would boost the number of H-1B visas and green cards for high-skilled foreign workers and graduates of U.S. universities in scientific and technical fields.

“The Supplying Knowledge Based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visas Act (SKILLS Visa Act) was introduced…by Reps. Bob Goodlatte…and Darrell Issa…It is the fourth immigration-reform-related bill to be introduced in the House of Representatives since Goodlatte…announced that he would be taking a piecemeal approach to reforming the nation’s immigration laws.

“…‘The SKILLS Visa Act moves us in the right direction, and we look forward to working with policymakers on the bill in the coming weeks and months,’ said ACIP Executive Director Lynn Shotwell. The strategic affiliates specifically praised the inclusion of a Trusted Employer program…‘With over 11 million people expected to be legalized, millions more who will be eligible for new visa classifications, and significant new enforcement requirements placed on the agencies, the government is going to have to work smarter and more efficiently if it wants to avoid a backlog of paperwork and processing that could cripple the system,’ said Shotwell.

“‘A Trusted Employer program to prequalify U.S. employers that have a proven track record of compliance with federal immigration laws and regulations will streamline the process and save resources for both the government and employers,’ she added.”

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