Council for Global Immigration quoted in article – “Big Business Can’t Yet Move the Needle on H-1B Visa Cap”

3/24/2014
Council in the News
​SHRM, 03/20/2014 –

“Companies can’t find the skilled workers they need to fill science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs, but a simple solution—raising the H-1B visa cap—has been stymied, since piecemeal immigration legislation has yet to go anywhere now that comprehensive immigration reform has stalled.

“Companies are ‘reaching a crisis’ point in not being able to access the talent they need, reported Austin Fragomen Jr…Having ‘twice as many applications for visas as the visa cap’ is ‘an absurdity,’ said Fragomen, chair of the Council for Global Immigration, a SHRM affiliate.

“The corporate world’s appetite for workers with H-1B visas is apparent. Rebecca Peters, director and counsel for legislative affairs at the Council for Global Immigration, told SHRM Online that the H-1B visa cap is likely to be hit in the first week of filing for 2015 visas—the week of April 1, 2014.

“…‘In the past we have seen the cap increase, but only when unemployment is lower than it is today,’ Peters said. ‘However, I hold out hope that the time could be politically right, possibly after the elections, to raise these caps sooner. If the timing proves right, we would likely see close to a doubling of our H-1 cap level and a more modest increase in the H-1B cap exemption, even though the cap exemption would be reserved just for U.S. STEM advanced degrees, a change from current law.’

“…Peters added that she ‘would like to see changes regarding spousal work authorization. Many other countries around the world allow spouses accompanying professionals to work, no matter the visa. But…in the U.S., we don’t allow a professional’s spouse to work in every instance. It makes no sense under our laws, for example, that an L-1 worker’s spouse can work on an L-2, but an H-1B spouse cannot work on an H-4. That is a ridiculous requirement, and changing it would send a clear signal that we really want to attract and retain global talent in America.’”

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