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…

Annual H-1B Cap Reached in Less than a Week (Again)

Washington – On April 7, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received enough H-1B temporary work visa petitions to hit the annual statutory cap for FY 2015, less than a week after it had begun accepting petitions on April 1.  The general cap of 65,000 and the advanced degree holder…

Immigration Reform Hopes

With the number of legislative days in 2013 dwindling, we face the likelihood that immigration reform will not see floor action in the U.S. House of Representatives this year.  While statements this month by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) saying there would be no vote on immigration this year, and by House Speaker John…

Make Internet Tax Moratorium Permanent

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of House members introduced H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act.  The bill would make permanent the moratorium on new state and local Internet access taxes and on multiple or discriminatory taxation of e-commerce.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and…

Immigration Reform in the House

With Senate passage late last month of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, the focus of the immigration reform effort has shifted to the House of Representatives.  While some supporters of reform called for the House to take up the Senate bill and pass it swiftly, that was never really a plausible…

Border Security Compromise Encouraging Sign of Immigration Reform Momentum

Last night, the Senate voted 67-27 for cloture on a border security compromise amendment to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act bill.  The vote signified potential for significant Republican support for the Senate comprehensive immigration bill, and represents increased momentum for its passage.  Last week, CCIA joined more than 100 technology executives…