Congressional Hearing: Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to hear “Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers.” One potential bills that could be discussed during the committee hearing is the I-Squared Act, which puts forth comprehensive changes to the business immigration system. Some measures include increasing the number of H-1B visas and switching to an incrementally increasing scale based on the number of petitions received. This could effectively do away with the H-1B lottery system that leaves so many U.S. companies without the valuable employees necessary to grow with the demands of the market. It could also greatly reduce or eliminate the green card bottleneck experienced by some countries by increasing the number of green cards available and by reissuing unused green cards since 1993. These two measures alone could have a dramatic effect on the U.S. economy and its businesses ability to compete in a global marketplace. The hearing is set for 10 a.m. EST.


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