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…

CCIA Welcomes StartUp Act

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds the introduction of the Startup Act by Senators Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Mark Warner, D-Va., along with Senators Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. The bill takes important steps toward promoting innovation and a high tech workforce. The StartUp Act would create incentives for startup…

CCIA Concerned About Details, Broader Message Of Immigration Order

Washington — The tech industry is deeply concerned about President Trump’s precipitous executive order banning refugees and legal immigrants with visas from the United States. The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black: “We are concerned by the continuing confusion over the Administration’s immigration order covering both…

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…

President Obama Announces Executive Action Including Some Measures For Skilled Workers

Washington — President Obama announced his administration’s executive action on immigration Thursday evening in a prime- time address. The President seeks to streamline employment-based immigration programs, including making it easier for entrepreneurs to obtain visas and for foreign students studying engineering or technology at US universities to participate in existing training programs after graduation. The…