CFGI Mentioned – “Experts: U.S. Immigration Policies Are Making It Harder to Fill Job Openings”

7/16/2018
SHRM


“The Trump administration's immigration policies and procedures are making it more difficult for U.S.-based employers to fill job openings, according to talent and immigration experts.

“The government has stepped up its scrutiny of visa applications, resulting in delays and higher costs for hiring foreign workers.

“‘Immigration policy has resulted in a shortage of talent,’ said Sean Dowling, a Boston-based partner and manager of recruiting strategy firm WinterWyman.

“…‘Companies are trying harder to hire U.S. citizens,’ said Abhijeet Narvekar, CEO of The FerVID Group, a recruiting firm based in Houston. Often, when recruiters find U.S. citizens with the talent and experience employers need, the workers have already progressed to senior or advisory roles and are hesitant to re-engage in lower-level work, he said. =

“…In turning to foreign workers, employers are finding increased paperwork, delays and costs. 

“…U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is challenging and denying more applications for the popular H-1B visa, which brings skilled workers into the U.S. for up to six years. In the first eight months of 2017, USCIS sent employers 45 percent more request for evidence (RFE) forms in H-1B cases, according to MPI.

“…Because of the added red tape, ‘A lot of companies are shying away from sponsoring or doing a visa transfer. The alternative has been to hire [U.S.] college graduates and train them,’ [Narvekar]said.

“…Dowling said that he is seeing RFEs ‘in a majority of cases’ involving H-1B transfers, even for requests for visa extensions with current employers. ‘USCIS is taking a harder look to make sure they're not displacing U.S. workers,"’ he said. 

“…Immigration is one of the most politically charged issues in the country. Trump favors reducing immigration, stating that foreign labor displaces U.S. workers. He has supported a merit system that would give priority to visa applicants based on factors such as education, job skills and the ability to speak English.

“Studies from liberal, conservative and politically neutral organizations have all found a positive link between immigration and economic growth.

“…Alex Nowrasteh, senior immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., said that fewer than 500,000 workers come to the U.S. annually and that most are here temporarily. Some experts say that curbing immigration will further restrict the labor pool.

“…‘We have to make it a lot easier for people to come to this country legally,’ Nowrasteh added. ‘We need to create a more mobile labor market.’

“…The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and its affiliate the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) issued a statement on June 20 recommending a bipartisan solution to the immigration system's woes. SHRM and CFGI ‘support fair, innovative and competitive immigration solutions that build the future workforce, including solutions that address long green-card backlogs and do not cut legal immigration,’ the statement read.

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