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,…

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…

House Hearing on Visas For Highly Skilled Workers

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services started accepting visa petitions for FY 2012 for highly skilled workers this month. Last week, the Immigration Policy and Enforcement Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee held its hearing, “H-1B Visas: Designing a Program to Meet the Needs of the U.S. Economy and U.S. Workers.” As Chairman Elton Gallegly…

Employers’ Important Role in Skilled Immigration

At a Brookings event Monday on high skilled immigration policy, Dr. Jeanne Batalova of the Migration Policy Institute presented her “Brain Waste” study on how many college-educated immigrants are working in unskilled jobs. The study also seemed to point to the importance of employers having a role in the selection of skilled immigrants. Dr. Batalova’s study showed that 21%…

Employers' Important Role in Skilled Immigration

At a Brookings event Monday on high skilled immigration policy, Dr. Jeanne Batalova of the Migration Policy Institute presented her “Brain Waste” study on how many college-educated immigrants are working in unskilled jobs. The study also seemed to point to the importance of employers having a role in the selection of skilled immigrants. Dr. Batalova’s study showed that 21%…

EPC Debates Non-EU Skilled Worker Transfers

In July 2010 the European Commission proposed a new Directive for the “Intra-Corporate Temporary Transfer of Non-EU Skilled Workers”. The proposal’s aim is to facilitate for multinational companies the temporary transfer of third-country national skilled workers from a company located outside the EU to branches or subsidiaries within the EU. The European Policy Centre (EPC), an independent,…

Skilled Immigration Reform in the New Congress

With Republican control of the House and a larger Republican minority in the Senate, the conventional wisdom seems to be that any legislative action on immigration reform will be difficult. Certainly any attempts at legalizing illegal immigrants (and comprehensive reform packages that contain them) are likely to be met with fierce resistance by Republicans. However,…

Border Security Bill Reignites Call For Immigration Reform

While prospects for Congressional action on comprehensive immigration reform this year remain bleak, there has been some action on narrower immigration bills.  CCIA has supported and continues to support comprehensive immigration reform that would address long-standing issues of inflexible visa caps and backlogs faced by skilled foreign workers and their employers. However, one piece of…