Employers Welcome “Immigration Innovation Act”

1/23/2015
Council Press Releases

​​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 23, 2015

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

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

E​​mployers Welcome “Immigration Innovation Act”


​​​Look Forward to Working With Congress to Improve Employment-Based Immigration System

Washington, D.C. – The Council for Global Immigration and the Society for Human Resource Management issued the following statement today regarding the introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act:

“The Immigration Innovation Act is an important bill and step to providing much needed reform to modernize America’s employment-based immigration system. Introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), this legislation would eliminate the green card backlog for many employment-based immigrants, help retain talented students by allowing them to apply directly for green cards, increase the H-1B cap and also make new science, technology, engineering and math education and training investments.

“The Council for Global Immigration and the Society for Human Resource Management stand ready to work with Congress on these issues to ensure U.S. employers have access to the talent required to compete in today’s rapidly growing world market.

“We also stand ready to work with members of Congress on other important immigration issues, which include: improving the efficiency of work-related visa applications through a Trusted Employer program that would speed up outdated bureaucratic processes, providing both consistency and predictability in the application process and saving resources for the government and employers; and modernizing the E-Verify system by using state-of-the-art technology to accurately authenticate workers’ identity to prevent identity theft.”

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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.

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