H-1B VISA LIMIT SHOWS URGENT NEED FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

When it comes to America’s high-skilled immigration system, demand for talent far exceeds supply.

That unfortunate fact will be reinforced this week as the U.S. government begins accepting applications from employers for H-1B visas for highly educated workers who are needed to fill open jobs in the U.S.

Since U.S. businesses demand far more skilled workers than are provided by U.S. citizens or permanent residents, we need to fill this gap with highly educated immigrant workers, many of whom have been educated in America’s colleges and universities. Since this demand for immigrant workers exceeds the current statutory cap of 65,000 H-1B visas (plus an additional 20,000 for those with advanced degrees from U.S. universities), the limit likely will be reached in a matter of days.

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