The Chamber’s “Business for Skilled Worker Immigration” coalition continues to grow its membership and its national influence on issues impacting employers’ access to top international talent. Last week, the coalition sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to address these key skilled worker immigration provisions as part of broader-based immigration reform expected to be taken up this session.
Since its launch in December, the coalition has grown to 39 Chambers of Commerce from across the country, working together to advance skilled worker immigration reform as a means of driving job creation, innovation and overall economic growth. The group is focused on three specific proposals designed to improve current skilled worker immigration policy:
- Increasing the availability of temporary, skilled worker (H-1B) visas;
- Increasing the availability of permanent resident visas (green cards) for STEM graduates and workers; and
- Creating new startup visas for immigrant entrepreneurs who launch businesses in the U.S. and meet certain employment and financing goals.
The Chamber is very pleased that the Coalition’s three core principles have been featured collectively in the immigration reform plans announced this month, including by President Obama and bipartisan Senate coalitions.
Combined with current programs to strengthen domestic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) training, the coalition believes its efforts can help to expand the regional and national talent pool and improve long-term economic competitiveness. For more information, please contact Tim Sweeney, Senior Director of Government Affairs, at 617-557-7357.