Fact of the Week: Top Talent Waiting In Line Since George W. Bush Presidency

Fact of the Week

​​​ May 29, 2013

Top Talent Waiting In Lin​e Since Georg​e W. Bush Presidency

Green Card Backlogs​ Put U​​.S. Innovation At Risk

Some foreign nationals with advanced degrees – the very top talent that America needs to help drive the innovation economy – have been waiting in a backlog since as far back as October 2004 to get their employment-based green card.

That means they’ve been waiting to fully contribute to U.S. economic prosperity since the year:

  • President George W. Bush won his second term.
  • President Barack Obama was still an Illinois State Senator.
  • John Paul II was still the Pope.
  • Facebook was founded – and before Twitter was founded.
  • Michael Phelps competed in his first Olympics.

Would you wait in limbo for ne​​arly a decade?

The U.S. immigration system must keep pace with today’s economy –
We commend Senate efforts to clear the green card backlogs in S. 744 and urge the House to do the same.

It’s a new world.
The time for new employment-based immigration policies is now.

Learn more about the much-needed reforms to the U.S. employment-based immigration system in the ACIP-SHRM primer, “Navigating the U.S. Employment-based Immigration System.”

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​.




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