The H-1B Visa Program: The Dial-up Connection to the High-speed Wireless World

The H-1B Visa Program: The Dial-up Connection to the High-speed Wireless World

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received a record number of H-1B visa petitions during the five-day filing window for the coming fiscal year. Because our immigration laws are now more than a generation old, our system is simply not equipped for today’s reality – the H-1B program is like a dial-up connection in a high-speed wireless world.

The government also needs to improve the integrity of the program, by using existing tools to enforce the laws and guard against the improper use of the H-1B visa, such as when an employer fails to pay the required wage.

The current H-1B visa system, which is frozen by an arbitrary number set by Congress decades ago, is holding our economy hostage and makes no sense at all. Instead, a real-time system that is responsive to the needs of employers by giving them the ability to fill positions quickly, while also protecting workers from exploitation and abuse, is a clear win-win for everyone – employers, workers, and the American economy.

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