Letter on SKIL Act (H.R. 5658)

7/9/2010
Letters to Congress

July 9, 2010

The Honorable John B. Shadegg
House of Representatives
436 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Shadegg:

On behalf of the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), I am writing to express
our thanks for your efforts to ensure America’s on-going innovation and competitiveness
through the reintroduction of the “SKIL” - Securing Knowledge, Innovation, and Leadership
Act of 2010 (H.R. 5658). We represent around 200 of the largest U.S. employers with a
presence both in the United States and abroad and with at least 500 employees worldwide.
Collectively, our members employ millions of U.S. workers in industries ranging from hightech,
biotechnology, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, to private and public research and
academic institutions.

We applaud the reintroduction of the SKIL Act, which enhances and streamlines the
employment-based (EB) immigration system for highly educated, foreign-born professionals
through critical reforms to both the EB green card process, student visas and other important
visas like the H-1B and L-1. Such reforms give U.S. employers more predictability to recruit
and retain the world’s best professionals, making them more globally competitive and
ultimately strengthening the American economy, while creating more jobs for U.S. workers.
Specifically, the bill’s provisions to provide green cards to foreign-born students receiving
advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will allow America to
better retain those bright students it educates in our own universities, rather than lose them to
career opportunities overseas.

We thank Representative Shadegg for re-introducing this important legislation and urge that its
critical provisions be included in a bipartisan comprehensive reform measure this year.

Sincerely,

Rebecca K. Peters
Director and Counsel for Legislative Affairs​

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