US Chambers seeks to double of H-1B quota to address workforce shortage
The powerful US Chambers of Commerce has launched a massive campaign to address the acute shortage of skilled professional workforce in America, prominent among which includes urging the Biden administration Congress to double the number of H-1B visas eliminate per-country quota for the Green Card.
The most sought-after H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India China.
The demto increase the H-1B quota, which currently is at 65,000 another 20,000 for those who have higher studies from the US, is part of the America Works campaign launched by the US Chambers of Commerce early this month.
As we ston the cusp of what could be a great American resurgence, a worker shortage is holding back job creators across the country, US Chamber of Commerce president CEO Suzanne Clark said.
Through the America Works Agenda, the US Chamber is calling for doubling the cap on employment-based visas, doubling the quota on H-1B H-2B visas implementing other reforms to the legal immigration system to help employers meet the demfor high-demjobs in labour-strapped sectors. It is also calling for growing federal investments in employer-led job education training programmes expanding access to childcare for working parents.
We must arm workers with the skills they need, we must remove barriers that are keeping too many Americans on the sidelines, we must recruit the very best from around the world to help fill high-demjobs, Clark said.
The Chamber called for changes to be made on the issuance of employment-based immigrant visas including doubling the cap on employment-based immigrant visas from 140,000/year to 280,000/year.
Eliminate the practice of counting spouses minor children under the annual Green Card quota, which, if done alone, would practically double the amount of employment-based immigrant workers our nation admits every year, it said.
Eliminate the Per-Country Caps that punish individuals from certain countries with arbitrarily longer wait times, when done in combination with expanding the annual quota, will avoid the creation of several new backlogs within the system, the US Chambers said.
It urged the Biden administration to provide international students who graduate from US universities with more opportunities to obtain employment-based green cards upon graduation enhance expthe opportunities for entrepreneurs to obtain permanent residency so they can build their businesses in the United States.
US Chambers is also urging the administration to responsibly reinstate routine visa processing at consulates around the world so companies can obtain retain the workers they need without significant operation disruptions to their businesses.
Create a new, geographically targeted visa programme, along the lines of the HeartlVisa proposal, that will drive economic population growth into American communities struggling with the serious economic social problems caused by significant population loss, it said.
It also seeks to expaccess to H-2A agricultural worker visas for non-seasonal agricultural businesses, such as dairies livestock producers, ensure that the programme meets the future needs of American agriculture.
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