Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced the “Supplying Knowledge-Based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM (SKILLS) Visas Act’’ , which is another step on immigration reform efforts in the House of Representatives. For years, the NAM has maintained that the Immigration system is broken and manufacturers need access to highly-skilled foreign born talent.
The existing immigration system is hindering research, development, growth and job creation. The SKILLS Visas Act would raise the number of H-1B visas to 155,000 per year and also increase green cards for advanced degree holders in the STEM fields. In addition, it includes a STEM fund to provide for additional opportunities in the domestic STEM pipeline -a priority of utmost importance to NAM members. The NAM appreciates the work of the House Judiciary Committee, particularly Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Representative Issa .
We look forward to working then them in the coming weeks on this as well as other important legislation to modernize our immigration system.
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