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H1-B Cap Filled in a Flash, Underscores Need for Immigration Reform

Written by on April 7, 2015 in News Flash, USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
H1-B Cap Filled in a Flash, Underscores Need for Immigration Reform

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that USCIS reached the “H-1B cap” for fiscal year 2016—meaning that in seven days, U.S. employers filed more petitions for an H1-B visa to hire a skilled foreign worker than the entire year’s allocation of visas available under current law. Every year, U.S. employers seeking highly skilled […]

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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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High-Skilled Immigration Boosts Native-Born Wages in Cities

Written by on May 9, 2014 in Economics, Visas with 0 Comments
High-Skilled Immigration Boosts Native-Born Wages in Cities

Despite the soaring demand there are only 85,000 H-1B visas available each year for high-skilled workers. And as a new report explains, these foreign workers who often work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are helping to boost the wages of native born workers without taking away jobs. In the report published by […]

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Changes Could Help Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work in U.S.

Changes Could Help Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work in U.S.

The spouses of some H-1B visa holders could receive work authorization in the U.S., according to a proposed rule change the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday. This change, as well as a proposal that would remove obstacles to staying in the U.S. for specific high-skilled workers, stemmed from an overview the White House provided […]

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Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 1 Comment
Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

The contributions of immigrants are visible in communities and industries across the nation, and as a recent article highlights, immigrants’ economic and innovative additions can be seen in the form of patent grants. More than half of all 302,948 patent grants in 2013 were to foreign individuals, including both immigrants and foreign investors. Studies about […]

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H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Five Days

H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Five Days

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Friday, April 5, just five days after the H-1B high-skill “visa race” began, that they had received more applications than could be approved under the cap of 65,000 for fiscal year 2014. Additionally, USCIS stated they had received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of individuals […]

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Can A Nation Have Too Many Smart People?

Written by on February 12, 2013 in Business, Economics, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Rhetoric, Visas with 1 Comment
Can A Nation Have Too Many Smart People?

A February 8 op-ed in the New York Times entitled “America’s Genius Glut” argues that America already has too many high-tech workers, and thus does not need more scientists and engineers from abroad.  It is a surprising claim that is at odds not only with the empirical evidence, but is out of touch with the […]

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New Brookings Report Examines Demand for H-1B High Skilled Worker Visas

New Brookings Report Examines Demand for H-1B High Skilled Worker Visas

Who uses H-1Bs and for what types of jobs is a topic of constant debate in Congress and in communities across the country.  The Brookings Institute recently released a new report mapping H-1B workers in the U.S which addresses some of these questions and sheds new light on the topic. The H-1B program allows employers […]

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