Employers Agree: Updated Visa Availability Is a Step in the Right Direction

Council Press Releases


September 10, 2015

Council Contact: Nicole Longo, The Fratelli Group, (202) 822-9491

SHRM Contact: Kate Kennedy, (703) 535-6260

Employers Agree: Updated Visa Av​​​​ailability Is a Step in the Right Direction

Washington, D.C. – The Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) commended the Administration today for taking a positive step toward improving the U.S. immigration system by updating the procedures for determining visa availability.

“Everyone knows that our immigration system is outdated and overly complex, so employers welcome any change that streamlines the visa process. The changes implemented in the October Visa Bulletin provide forward movement toward an improved system that helps both employers and employees plan for the future,” said Lynn Shotwell, Executive Director of CFGI.

“Far too many foreign-born professionals, from scientists to engineers, are forced to languish for years before receiving a green card,” Shotwell continued. “This hurts U.S. employers and stunts U.S. economic growth. The changes released yesterday reduce the problem by trimming wait times and giving some applicants increased flexibility, but they are just a start. Green card wait times remain too long, and many other aspects of the system remain broken. We will continue to work with the Administration, Congress and others to chart a course to truly modernize employment-based immigration.”

Learn more about CFGI’s and SHRM’s employer solutions for immigration reform at: employerimmigrationsolutions.org.


The Council for Global Immigration (formerly known as the American Council on International Personnel), a strategic affiliate of SHRM, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of leading multinational corporations, universities, and research institutions committed to advancing the employment-based immigration of high-skilled professionals. The Council bridges the public and private sectors to promote sensible, forward-thinking policies that foster innovation and job growth. Learn more about the Council at www.councilforglobalimmigration.org.

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at www.shrm.org and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.



CFGI-SHRM Visa Bulletin 9-10-15.pdf

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