Skilled Immigration Reform

Innovation stems from attracting the brightest people in the world. Our policies should attract rather than discourage intellectual capital. To restore our economy, we need to do everything we can as a nation to attract the best and the brightest to come and stay in the United States. 

Latest Developments

  • In June 2013 the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 to address our nation’s shortage of high-skilled workers. The bill embraces immigration reforms that are much needed to welcome foreign-born entrepreneurs, workers and U.S.-educated immigrants to build American businesses and create domestic jobs.
  • While the House has considered a number of immigration reform bill in committees, they have not had a vote on the House floor. President Barack Obama plans to take administrative action that does not require Congressional approval before the end of the summer. CEA urges the House to move swiftly and pass legislation that will update America’s outdated immigration policies.
Where We Stand

  • Foreign-born, U.S.-educated immigrants should be allowed to remain in America upon graduation with a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) graduate degree.
  • Visas should be granted to foreign-born entrepreneurs who want to start businesses in the U.S., provided they raise sufficient capital and hire American workers.
  • The number of H-1B visas available for high-skilled foreign workers should be increased to address the current shortage of high-skilled workers.
Take Action

  • Text “REFORM” to 52886 or click here to email your member of Congress directly.
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