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H-1b visa 2014 cap program reform

As the economy improves, the demand for H – 1B visas steadily increase. This year 189,000 H – 1B’s were rejected. Congress has many problems, but the key problem is trying to do a major immigration reform bill. A congressman who wants to increase the number of approved H1-B visas per year is being hostage by other congressmen who want to have reforms on illegal immigration policies. But the H-1B issue has nothing to do with the other. Both the House and the Senate believe that there should be legal immigration into the country. But some members refuse to look at the bill since it doesn’t include reforms for illegal immigration. Which interest group is holding the other interest hostaged? For example, Silicon Valley wants H-1B visas increased substantially but indifferent to reforms for illegal immigrants. However, they are forced to be in the group of the Pro-Amnesty legislation because they want some action for the Business immigration reform. A simple Bill should be put forward in Congress to increase H –1B. Let Congress vote on this issue based on the merits. In fact, this should be the model for all immigration bills. They should be grouped altogether because business immigration has nothing to do with illegal immigration.

H-1B program needs a serious overhaul

Whoever designed the procedural aspects of the H – 1B program clearly does not understand how private business works. Between April 1 and April 5 of this year, FedEx delivered a total of 274,000 H – 1B applications but only 85,000 will be accepted. Moreover, the program only allows filing once a year. That means private businesses have to have job openings available at a specific time that the US government sets. Although obvious to anyone in the private sector, businesses need an even flow depending on the industry, the economy and even political events around the world. The H –1B program should allow employers to submit applications at least three times a year. In fact, US CIS currently allows H – 2B applicants to submit their applications twice a year. This proposal is simply reasonable since the US CIS cannot handle the volume of applications within a five day period. Finally, as stated in previous blogs, the fact that the United States government is rejecting 189,000 applicants with potential jobs that pay anywhere between 30,000 and 200,000 is idiotic. First, a high percentage of H – 1B job applications being rejected were not going to the US citizens but they were simply being outsourced to other countries in this global economy. Secondly, ignoring the fact that 189,000 jobs will help the tax base and create thousands of indirect jobs is a lack of basic economic sense.

If a version of the Immigration Senate Bills passes, it will speed up the backlog of EB-3 Employment Based Visas. Some of clients are filing the EB-3 green card application hoping they may receive a green card within four years if the new immigration law passes. The present EB-3 backlog varies based on the nationality of the EB-3 applicant. The Department of State Visa Bulletin lists the exact numbers each month The new immigration reform bill wants to change employment based green cards into a point system for permanent residency applications, so US CIS will want to speed up and clear out all permanent residency applications under the old system. This allows all EB-3 applicants from all countries and EB-2 applicants from China, India, and the Philippines to speed up their permanent residency applications if the new immigration reform bill is passed.

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Border Security and the roughly 11 million illegal aliens are the sticking point, but the majorities in both Houses agree on an Immigration Bill that will increase the H-1b visas. The Senate Bill increases H-1b’s from 65,000 to 110,000 and the Bill allows an even larger increase to 180,000 if the labor markets demand it. The Senate Bill also helps students who get master degrees in science technology, engineering and math to stay in the country longer. Unfortunately, 110,000 new H-1b visas are not enough, since last year over 120,000 H-1b applications were filed on April of 2012.

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