The Senate "compromise"comprehensive immigration reform proposal would radically change employment-based immigration law in the United States. A point system would replace the current approaches to permanent residence, including labor certification, national interest waiver, extraordinary ability applications, etc. In addition, the bill would strip the "dual intent"" provision regarding H-1B visa applications, which would make it much more difficult to obtain H-1B status. Also a new fee of $5,000 will be added to the H-1B application process. Furthermore, the bill does nothing to increase the availability of H-1B visas or eliminate excessive backlogs in employment-based permanent resident processing.
In the face of these changes, the business community has remained relatively silent. Our office encourages our clients, and other members of the business community, to make their voice heard by contacting their elected representatives in Washington and urging them to amend the bill to be more favorable to American employers.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association website (http://www.aila.com)/
) provides an easy vehicle for contacting senators and congresspeople. Now is a critical time for employers to act in favor of employment-friendly immigration reform.
Labels: Employment based permanent residency, H-1B visas, Political or Judicial