New US Immigration Bill can help Foreign Tech Workers
A proposal to create a dual green-card system that favors high-tech talent has
bipartisan support in the Senate.
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators next week is expected to introduce to the
immigration reform bill an amendment that proposes to retain a pool of 140,000
employer-sponsored green cards for foreign workers seeking permanent residency
in the United States.
Amendment S.1249 -- being co-sponsored by Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.; John
Cornyn, R-Texas; Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Orrin Hatch, R-Pa.; and Robert Bennett,
R-Utah -- proposes that the United States create a dual green-card system that,
in addition to a new merit-point green card system that's proposed in the main
bill, would also keep an annual pool of 140,000 employer-sponsored green cards
for foreign workers.
The revised legislation also proposes the United States establish no limit on
H-1B visas for foreign professionals with master's or doctoral degrees in
science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields.
"This would set up a complementary and parallel employer-sponsored system to
the merit system," said Robert Hoffman, Oracle's VP of government affairs and
co-chair of Compete America, a coalition of technology companies. "This system
would be more like Australia's," where immigration is granted in dual programs
that includes employer-based sponsorship and merit points.
By the United States retaining a system allowing employer-based green cards
to be issued each year, businesses would have better control over the talent
they'd like to keep in the country, say tech employers.
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