Immigration? No, Competitiveness

By March 30, 2006General

In response to our post earlier this week on immigration, our in-house immigration expert, Sandy Boyd, VP of Human Resources Policy here at the NAM posted the following comment. We elevate it in case you missed it , because it’s really good, explains why we’re in this fight:

“It’s not just about temporary visas (H1-Bs), it’s also about green cards: a system plagued with backlogs and arbitrarily low caps too. More often than not companies want these very talented folks permanently but use H1-bs as a “work around” because the green card process is so slow and there is no direct path from advanced degree student to green card holder. The bill the Senate Judiciary Committee passed (and Majority Leader Frist’s bill as well) understand the problem–and address all three pieces 1. Attracting the world best minds to our universities 2. Making the H1-B cap more market driven and 3. Fixing the green card system so that we can keep the world’s best talent. While this may be labeled “immigration” reform, most employers who struggle to find enough engineers, researchers and scientists to keep work here is the United States have another word for it: competitiveness.”