Employment

The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

Written by on March 17, 2015 in Economics, Employment, Hearings with 1 Comment
The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

Note: Today’s blog features the oral testimony of Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Read his full written testimony here. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today on behalf of the American Immigration Council. […]

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Immigration Action Provides Certain H-4 Spouses Work Authorization

Immigration Action Provides Certain H-4 Spouses Work Authorization

As part of the package of executive actions announced in November 2014, the secretary of Homeland Security directed the immigration agencies to implement new policies and regulations intended to support U.S. high-skilled businesses and workers. Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued the first of these new regulations: effective May 26, 2015, spouses […]

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New Study Finds Systematic Bias in Labor Certification Process

Written by on January 15, 2015 in Department of Labor, Employment with 0 Comments
New Study Finds Systematic Bias in Labor Certification Process

In most cases, when an employer is interested in hiring a foreign national to work in the United States on a permanent basis, a permanent labor certification from the Department of Labor (DOL) is necessary. When required, the DOL must certify to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that (a) there are insufficient U.S. […]

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Why Immigration Helps African American Employment

Written by on October 30, 2014 in Employment, Myths with 2 Comments
Why Immigration Helps African American Employment

An old myth about African Americans and immigrants resurfaced on Monday thanks to a series of over-reactions to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) procurement order. In the complicated world of government procurement, the government has to plan for purchases far in advance, even if it ultimately doesn’t purchase everything on its list.  Consequently, […]

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Iranian-American Woman Breaks Glass Ceiling with Math Prize

Written by on August 21, 2014 in Employment, Integration with 0 Comments
Iranian-American Woman Breaks Glass Ceiling with Math Prize

The Fields Medal is frequently called the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics, and since it was first awarded in 1936, 16 of the 28 honorees affiliated with United States institutions were foreign-born, including two of the medals awarded last week. But before last week, a woman had never won the honor. Maryan Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born Stanford […]

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Nativist Group Falsely Blames Immigrants for Unemployment in Tennessee

Written by on August 7, 2014 in Economics, Employment, Myths, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Nativist Group Falsely Blames Immigrants for Unemployment in Tennessee

From the narrow, nativist perspective of groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), every immigrant worker who enters the U.S. economy is stealing a job from a native-born worker. In this view of the world, employment is a zero-sum game in which immigrants and the native-born compete for a fixed number of jobs. […]

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H-1B Visa Cap for Higher Skilled Workers Maxed Out in Record Time

Written by on April 7, 2014 in Business, Employment, Visas with 1 Comment
H-1B Visa Cap for Higher Skilled Workers Maxed Out in Record Time

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday that the allotment of H-1B visas for the 2015 fiscal year, known as the H-1B visa cap, has been filled—a week after filing began. The principal temporary visa for skilled professionals, the H-1B allows U.S. companies to employ foreign professionals with at least a bachelor’s degree in a […]

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Broken H-1B Visa Program is Costing American Jobs

Written by on March 19, 2014 in Business, Employment, Visas with 0 Comments
Broken H-1B Visa Program is Costing American Jobs

Compete America, an association of high-tech companies advocating for reform of immigration policies affecting higher-skilled workers, launched a job loss calculator today estimating the numbers of American jobs lost due to the lack of H-1B visas, the primary work visa for higher-skilled workers. The calculator estimates that 500,000 new U.S. jobs could have been created […]

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Mayors Agree, Immigrants Make Their Cities More Economically Competitive

Mayors Agree, Immigrants Make Their Cities More Economically Competitive

“Mayors are looking for a fix,” said Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa Arizona, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “The status quo is not acceptable. It’s as simple as that.” In a January 31 letter to Members of Congress, the United States Conference of Mayors urged expeditious action on immigration reform in 2014. As […]

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Senator Erroneously Blames Immigrants for U.S. Income Inequality

Senator Erroneously Blames Immigrants for U.S. Income Inequality

Despite the formal end of the recession in 2009, unemployment in the United States remains high, wages are still stagnant, and economic indices of all kinds are looking grim. A crisis of this magnitude requires bold action by U.S. lawmakers to realign U.S. economic policies in ways that promote the growth of both jobs and […]

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