TechNet Urges Approval for Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act in U.S. House
Washington, DC — TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of technology CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today urged support for H.R. 3012, the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act,” legislation that would eliminate a longstanding problem in U.S. law that stifles America’s economic growth by artificially creating large backlogs of highly-skilled foreign-born workers.
Today some highly-skilled immigrants wait significantly longer than others in receiving employment-based green cards. This is not due to differences in skills, but due to a “per country cap,” a little known provision in current law which limits to seven percent the total number of green cards issued to people from any one particular country. H.R. 3012 would eliminate this counter-productive per nation cap on employment-based visas in favor of a more fair, “first come, first serve” system, where all employment-based immigrants who meet the U.S. government’s requirements have the same wait time and same burden of a system short on green cards.
“America needs the best and brightest to fuel our innovation economy and make sure we are the epicenter of this discovery,” said Rey Ramsey, President and CEO of TechNet. “Given that more than 40 percent of the world’s population comes from just two countries which supply the vast majority of highly skilled immigrants to America – India and China – the arbitrary limit of seven percent per country forces many of these talented people to go other nations to create innovation, economic value and jobs. That makes no sense. This bill is smart policy that will help ensure that our nation attracts and keeps the best talent regardless of where they come.”
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