Chamber Announces Creation of Business Coalition of Skilled Worker Immigration Reform

The Chamber is proud to announce the creation of “Business for Skilled Worker Immigration,” a collation of 25 Chambers of Commerce across the country working together to advanced skilled worker immigration reform as a means of driving job creation, innovation, and overall economic growth.

The economic success of our region – and the nation as a whole – hinges on talent. Current immigration policy has placed limits on how businesses maximize their access to talent in this more competitive global market.

As a result, the coalition will urge Congress to include three specific proposals designed to improve current skilled worker immigration policy, as part of broader-based immigration reform expected in the new Congressional session:

  1. Increasing the availability of temporary, skilled worker (H-1B) visas;
  2. Increasing the availability of permanent resident visas (green cards) for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) 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.

The Chambers who make up Business for Skilled Worker Immigration will engage in lobbying and advocacy efforts with members of Congress and the Administration; using communications activities to raise awareness among key business and government stakeholders, and the general public; and coordination of strategy to maximize the collective impact of efforts to advance skilled worker immigration reform.

To learn more about Business for Skilled Worker Immigration or to see a full list of coalition members, please click here. We encourage you to contact Tim Sweeney, Senior Director of Government Affairs, with any questions or feedback.