White House Reviewing Plan To End Visas For Spouses Of Highly Skilled Workers; CCIA Supports House Bill To Instead Protect Workers, Families

Washington – The Department of Homeland Security could publish its plan to ban on H-4 visas used by spouses of highly skilled workers as early as today. The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is currently reviewing the rule, and has until June 20 to do so. DHS announced last week it expected…

H-1B Applications Again Go to Lottery

Days after the application period opened, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the number of H-1B temporary work visa applications received already surpasses the annual statutory cap for FY 2016. The 20,000 cap for advanced degree holders was also surpassed. With the filing period now having been closed on Apr. 7,…

New H-4 Spouse Regulation is Welcome Action to Address Burden on Skilled Foreign Talent

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule on extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B workers who are applying for employment-based green cards. The rule was originally proposed last May. CCIA commends the administration for recognizing the need to “support the goals of attracting and…

CCIA Welcomes Introduction of Bipartisan Immigration Innovation Act

Washington — In response to the need for high-skilled immigration, senators introduced the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act today. The Computer & Communications Industry Association commends Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) for their leadership in sponsoring…

Welcome Executive Action on Highly Skilled Immigrants

This week, the Department of Homeland Security announced the publication of two rules: one to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and another to enhance opportunities for highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States.  DHS characterized these rules as “part of the Administration’s continuing commitment to attract…

CCIA Welcomes Release Of Republicans’ Immigration Standards

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) welcomes the release of the House Republican Conference’s “Standards for Immigration Reform.”  In its Preamble, the leadership declares that Washington’s failure to fix the broken immigration system is hurting our economy, and commits to working in a bipartisan manner to solve these problems.  Regarding the legal…