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June 10, 2006

The H-1B Cap Must be Increased! Call Congress Today!

As you know, USCIS announced on June 1, 2006, that the FY 2007 numerical cap limiting the H-1B program for temporary professional workers has been exhausted, four full months before the start of the fiscal year. This means that U.S. companies will lose access for over a year to highly educated foreign professionals vital to their businesses. This is the fourth year in a row that the cap has been reached, and the eighth time since 1997.

But this need not be the case. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill (S. 2611) passed by the Senate on May 25, 2006, offers a permanent solution to this now annual problem. Among many positive provisions in the bill, S. 2611 solves the H-1B cap problem by:

· increasing the H-1B cap from 65,000 to a more realistic 115,000 per fiscal year
· providing for a market-based cap escalator that takes effect in years when U.S. employers have an increased need for more H-1B professionals
· creating an exemption from the overall H-1B cap for those foreign professionals who have earned a medical specialty certification through post-doctoral U.S. training and experience
· creating an exemption from the overall H-1B cap for those foreign professionals who have earned a U.S. master's or higher degree

Call your Senators and Representatives now and urge them to support the H-1B provisions in the Senate bill, provisions that reflect our nation's need for highly educated foreign professionals and provide U.S. employers with immediate relief from the year-long H-1B blackout they now face. Enabling the best and brightest from around the globe to contribute their skills and knowledge to the U.S. economy is good for American workers, American businesses, and our long-term economic health.

Posted by VisaLawyer at June 10, 2006 08:39 AM


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