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April 09, 2007

USCIS Received More Than 65,000 H-1B Applications on April 2!! Tell Congress to Increase the Cap!

65,000 H-1B visas are not enough to meet the demands of our work force! Tell Congress today! Call or email your senators and representative and let them know that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received on April 2 - the first day H-1B applications could be filed for fiscal year 2008 - a volume of applications well in excess of the 65,000 annual limit.

Call the U.S. Capitol switch board at (202) 225-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to the offices of your senators and representatives.

Visit Contact Congress at www.aila.org to email your Senators and Representative a pre-written letter that explains why the H-1B cap is far too low!

Hitting the cap on April 2, 2007, creates an unprecedented eighteen-month restriction on access to new H-1B visas for temporary professional employees. This blackout on new H-1B visas, coupled with a continually growing employment-based (EB) green card backlog for permanent hires, puts American businesses at severe disadvantage in the global economy.

The H-1B and EB visa programs are vital tools necessary to keep the U.S. economy competitive in the world market and to keep jobs in America. Far from harming U.S. workers and the U.S. economy, highly educated foreign professionals benefit our country by allowing U.S. employers to develop new products, undertake groundbreaking research, implement new projects, expand operations, create additional new jobs, and compete in the global marketplace. As President Bush has remarked, if these professionals are not permitted to come to the U.S. to share their expertise, they will go to other countries and benefit companies abroad instead. The end result will be American jobs lost and American projects losing out to foreign competition, with devastating long-term consequences for the U.S. economy.

Every day that passes without access to these high-skilled workers is a lost opportunity for growth, productivity, and innovation. The best way to resolve this crisis is for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform measure as soon as possible. Any reform must include an increase in the H-1B quota.

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 9, 2007 12:40 PM


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