About the Problem

America's immigration system is broken, but legal immigration is essential for the current and future prosperity of the United States.

According to a recent Manpower survey, 32% of employers report that they are having difficulty filling job vacancies, particularly in STEM occupations.

 

Immigration

About the Policy

Expand the H1-B visa system for high-skilled foreign workers in the U.S. and allow these workers to move freely from one employer to the next.

Public Support

52% of All Polled
63% of Democrats
44% of Republicans
48% of Independents

Polling data derived from three national surveys conducted by Cohen Research Group in February and March 2016. Each survey had a sample size of at least 1,000 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%

Read More

High-skilled workers are a much-coveted asset for employers in the United States. But many U.S. employers are struggling to fill high-skilled positions, many of which require STEM degrees. This shortage of skilled workers needs to be addressed not only by making significant changes to our education system but also through immigration by allowing more H1-B visas for high-skilled foreign workers.

According to a 2015 survey from The Manpower Group, 32% of U.S. employers reported difficulty in filling job vacancies, particularly in STEM occupations. Unsurprisingly, there is a massive chasm between H1-B visa requests and authorized grants. In 2013 alone, U.S. businesses made 909,465 certified requests for H1-B visas. However, te H1-B visa program currently let’s in only 65,000 workers per year.

In order to fill crucial, hard-to-fill positions that U.S. employers are struggling with, Congress should expand the H1-B visa system for high-skilled foreign workers in the U.S. and allow these workers to move freely from one employer to the next.