TechNet Statement on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services H-1B Visa Cap

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April 10, 2014

TechNet Statement on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services H-1B Visa Cap

Washington—TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of innovation economy CEOs, today issued the following statement on the announcement by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of visas for 2015.  The government received 172,500 petitions for temporary high-skilled workers this year for only 85,000 available visas.

Linda Moore, president and CEO of TechNet, said: “In only one week, 172,500 people applied for the 85,000 available H-1B visas.  This incredible demand—more than twice the applications for the available slots—is further evidence that high-skilled immigration reform should be a top Congressional priority.  The growth of America’s innovation economy depends on employers, research institutions and universities having access to the world’s top talent—whether they are educated here or abroad.  Raising the H-1B visa cap and increasing the number of green cards available for employment-based immigration is critical to job creation and ensuring America’s future competitiveness.”

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