CFGI Quoted – “Could H-1B Crackdown Hurt Nonprofit Hiring?”

Associations Now

“The Trump administration’s actions on H-1B visas have drawn a lot of attention in different sectors of the economy, but less in the nonprofit space.

“And there may be cause for concern. Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing a federal review of the process by which the visas are awarded. The president made it clear that he would like the 65,000 H-1B visas granted each year to go to the most highly skilled—and highly-paid—foreign workers.

“…While the review is targeted at large technology companies, it could have unexpected ripple effects. ‘Awarding visas to the 65,000 highest-paying jobs every year could force a salary arms race…’ Vox’s Dara Lind wrote last week.

“Critics of the plan say that awarding visas based largely on salary would put many mission-driven organizations at a disadvantage.  

“…Another outcome could be a bidding war for talent. 

“…Nonprofits have been watching the issue closely since Trump took office. In January, The NonProfit Times quoted Council for Global Immigration Executive Director Lynn Shotwell as saying that the jobs in question are often positions where an equivalent American employee can’t be found.

“Nonprofits are ‘hiring people who have a lot of talent, often in areas where there are no Americans available to do the job,’ Shotwell said. ‘My members are watching all of this very closely.’”

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