“Business for Skilled Worker Immigration” is a broad-based coalition of more than 60 leading Chambers of Commerce from across the United States working to expand access to top international talent by advancing skilled worker immigration reforms in this Congressional session. 

The Coalition is focused on advancing the following issues, which are currently being debated by Congress as part of broader-based immigration reform legislation:

  1. Increasing the availability of temporary, skilled worker (H-1B) visas;
  2. Increasing the availability of permanent resident visas (green cards) for STEM graduates and workers; and
  3. Creating new startup visas for immigrant entrepreneurs who launch businesses in the U.S. and meet certain employment and financing goals.

Click here for updates, news, and resources related to the Coalition’s ongoing efforts.

All Chambers of Commerce within US metropolitan areas are welcome to join – and make a direct impact in bringing more talent to businesses in cities and states across the country. Participants gain unique opportunities to:

  • Work together to identify and share ideas to advance skilled worker immigration reform driving job creation, innovation, and economic growth;
  • Engage in lobbying and advocacy efforts with members of Congress and the Obama Administration;
  • Raise awareness among key business stakeholders, government officials, and the broader public through various communication vehicles;
  • Coordinate strategy to maximize the collective impact of efforts to advance skilled worker immigration reform.

It’s easy to join – and make a difference. To learn more, and get involved, contact Tim Sweeney, Senior Director of Government Affairs at (617) 557-7357; tsweeney@bostonchamber.com.

Current Coalition members include:

  • Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Bridgeport Regional Business Council
  • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership
  • CEO Council for Growth / Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • Columbus Chamber of Commerce
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce 
  • Fayetteville Regional Chamber
  • Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition
  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
  • Greater Omaha Chamber
  • Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce – Illinois
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce
  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
  • Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce
  • Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Morrisville Chamber of Commerce
  • Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Orange County Business Council
  • Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry
  • Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Rockford Chamber of Commerce
  • Salt Lake Chamber
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • South Denver Metro Chamber
  • Springfield, Missouri Area Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Louis Regional Chamber
  • The Business Council of Fairfield County
  • Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce
  • Tulsa Regional Chamber