Support for Start Up Visa Act of 2010 (S. 3029)

2/24/2010
Letters to Congress

​​February 24, 2010

Sent via Electronic Mail
 
The Honorable John Kerry
U.S. Senate, 218 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
 
Dear Senator Kerry,
 
On behalf of the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), I am writing to express ACIP’s support for the “Start-Up Visa Act of 2010.”  ACIP is a membership-driven trade association dedicated to promoting access and retention of top global talent and on-going compliance with U.S. immigration law and policies. We represent 200 of the largest U.S. employers with a presence both in the United States and abroad and at least 500 employees worldwide. Collectively, our members employ millions of U.S. workers in industries ranging from high-tech, biotechnology, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, to private and public research and academic institutions. Since 1972, we have worked with Congress and the Executive Branch to facilitate the movement of key international personnel and innovators.
 
We applaud your efforts to ensure that the United States attracts immigrant entrepreneurs and business investments that will create jobs for Americans. It is encouraging that your bill specifically establishes an employment-based immigrant visa for foreign entrepreneurs who have received significant U.S.- based investor capital to establish a U.S. business that will create at least five new full-time jobs in the United States, attract $1 million in additional investment capital or achieve $1 mi
llion in revenue. Foreign-born entrepreneurs have founded thousands of innovative start-ups worldwide and many of America’s most well-known companies, including Intel, Google and Yahoo!, were founded in part by foreign nationals and have created numerous jobs for Americans. ACIP believes it is essential to America’s global competitiveness that we remain the home of the world’s best minds and innovations, something your bill supports. 
 
We hope this new legislation is a first step towards the broader reforms that must be made in the larger immigration debate this year. Our members continue to support a need to fix our employment-based immigration system by ensuring that bona-fide employers have access to the highly-educated professionals and top student talent they need from around the globe.
 
Sincerely,
Rebecca K. Peters
Director and Counsel for Legislative Affairs, ACIP​


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