Fact of the Week: High-Skilled Visa Shortages Damage U.S. Economic Growth

Fact of the Week

​​September 18, 2013

High-Skilled Visa Shortages Damage U.S. Economic Grow​th

Employers Urge Congres​s to Increase H-1B Visas and Harness Potential for Greater Growth, Innovation


The start of the new fiscal year is just around the corner – when U.S. employers can begin working with the highly educated professionals they hired after filing for new H-1B visas – that is, if they were able to get a visa.

Visa caps hit in just one week this year: The demand was so high for the H-1B visas available under current law – 65,000 plus an additional 20,000 for foreign nationals with a U.S. advanced degree – that they were fully used during the first week of the filing period this past April.

This year is not unusual. For the past nine years, the supply of H-1B visas has run out before the fiscal year has ended.

Because H-1B caps are arbitrarily set, once they are reached, America is forced to wait – often for long periods of time – for the great contributions highly educated, foreign-born professionals make to U.S. economic growth, job creation and innovation.

Immigration reform is the solution.

Congress: Improve U.S. Employers’ Access to H-1B Visas –
Help Spur U.S. Growth and Innovation

Click here to learn more about immigration solutions that ensure employers have access to the highly educated, foreign-born professionals they need to keep America's economy strong and grow​ing.

As strategic affiliates, the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) help advance U.S. growth, innovation and job creation by supporting employers and their employees as they navigate the most pressing workforce and talent management issues, which includes reform of the U.S. immigration system. Learn more about ACIP at www.acip.com. Learn more about SHRM at www.shrm.org. Learn more about their immigration policy solutions at www.EmployerImmigrationSolutions.org.




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