Compete America Ask Congress to Reform Broken H-1B/EB Visa System

  1. Compete America Ask Congress to Reform Broken H-1B/EB Visa System. Today, Compete America, a coalition of more than 200 corporations, universities, research institutions and trade associations, asked Congress to reform the broken H-1B and employment-based immigration system during their lame duck
    session.

    The letter states, in part:" If we are serious about remaining the world’s innovation leader, we must fix our broken employment-based visa system, and we urgently request your support for reform this year."

    November 13, 2006
    Dear Member of Congress:
    As the 109th Congress approaches adjournment, we urge you to complete action on an issue of critical importance to U.S. competitiveness – remedies for the outdated and counterproductive H-1B visa and employment-based (EB) green card programs. U.S. employers are unable to hire any additional highly educated H-1B visa workers until October 2007 – even if these sought after individuals may have received advanced degrees from U.S. universities. Moreover, EB green card processing backlogs continue to force tens of thousands of valued employees – including scientists, teachers, engineers and medical professionals – into legal and professional limbo for years. The need for action in 2006 is urgent. The undersigned organizations urgently request your support to ensure that U.S.
    businesses and universities have continued access to necessary talent, and for the U.S. to remain the world’s innovation leader. We urge Congress to pass the provisions that would relieve the drastic H-1B and EB green card problems before adjournment.

    To remain competitive in the future and to help keep jobs here in the United States, U.S. employers must be able to recruit and retain highly educated workers, many of whom have been educated and trained at our own universities. Never before has our country been in such a fierce worldwide competition for top talent. Our competitors have stepped up efforts to attract these workers, while the current U.S. visa system prevents U.S. businesses, universities, medical institutions and research centers from doing the same. Thank you in advance for your support of this critical issue. If we are serious about remaining the world’s innovation leader, we must fix our broken
    employment-based visa system, and we urgently request your support for reform this year.

    To learn more about the U.S. competitiveness crisis, please visit
    Compete America - The Alliance for a Competitive Workforce.
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Nov 14, '06 : Reason: A few sentences or a par. or 2 would suffice, esp. if there would be a link to the entire article. Thanks.
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   Silverdragon102
    don't think I want to go over on H1B and if for any reason loose my job have to vacate immediately and that my husband will not be able to work. He is not one that will want to stay at home and not work
  4. by   augigi
    Thank god there is a new working visa category for Australians to work in the US (E-3 Professional) so I don't have to worry about it!!
  5. by   batasMTR_RN
    i hope CONGRESS will act positively on this appeal/...
  6. by   Nefertiti
    American Hospital association has also supported this initiative.
    SKIL bill, if enacted by house in this lame duck session will remove quotas for nurses for ever!!!!!
    No retrogression till 2017!!!!!!!!!!
  7. by   fins
    Quote from Nefertiti
    American Hospital association has also supported this initiative.
    SKIL bill, if enacted by house in this lame duck session will remove quotas for nurses for ever!!!!!
    No retrogression till 2017!!!!!!!!!!
    WhoooHooo! That's great! Now the hospitals won't have to waste time trying to make working conditions bearable, or waste all that money paying nurses a decent salary!
  8. by   suzanne4
    if enacted..........

    you are all fogetting those two magic words. not one thing has been passed and it will be up for discussion many times over..........before it will be signed.
  9. by   suzanne4
    Quote from augigi
    Thank god there is a new working visa category for Australians to work in the US (E-3 Professional) so I don't have to worry about it!!

    Sorry to say, any working visa ,unless it is a permanent green card, is always subject to cancellation at the beck and call of the employer, as well as the US government. Just like the H1-B visa.
  10. by   augigi
    If you're "sorry to say", why say something like that? It's nothing like the H1B visa, and it's not issued by an employer so they can't "cancel" it. I never claimed it was a permanent solution, just that it's better than the H1B system.

    I don't want to immigrate, only to work for a few years, so it's the perfect choice for my situation and I've thoroughly investigated it, thanks.
  11. by   lavalin
    The new working visa category for Australians to work in the US (E-3 Professional) - Would it be possible for Philippine born Australian Citizen / Permanent Residents as well?

    sample scenario : If a Philippine born immigrant stayed in Australia and acquired residency, he or she is considered as Australian PR /Citizen and therefore could possibly apply for the E-3 or not affected by retrogression?


    Just asking?

    :typing
  12. by   augigi
    The United States E-3 Treaty Professional Visa for Australian Nationals

    One part says "Australian citizen" and one says "Australian national", so you'd have to investigate for yourself.

    Checked the forums I used for people who've done E-3 and there is an Indian-born couple who were Australian citizens who are in the US on E-3. There are also people I know that have changed status from E-3 to Green Card.
    Last edit by augigi on Nov 15, '06
  13. by   suzanne4
    Quote from augigi
    If you're "sorry to say", why say something like that? It's nothing like the H1B visa, and it's not issued by an employer so they can't "cancel" it. I never claimed it was a permanent solution, just that it's better than the H1B system.

    I don't want to immigrate, only to work for a few years, so it's the perfect choice for my situation and I've thoroughly investigated it, thanks.
    Sorry again, but you need to be corrected on this, before it gets out of hand.

    Any visa, unless it is a permanent residency, is subject to being cancelled by the employer, as well as the US govt at anytime. It is a temporary work permit, and is considered and treated as such, therefore it does not guarantee the same salary that an American is getting paid for the first thing. Any temporary work permit is at the sole discretion of the US government and they have been cancelled in the past and not renewed, etc.

    H1-B visas are not issued thru an employer either, all visas are done by the US government/USCIS.

    Please take the time to get your facts correct.
  14. by   suzanne4
    Quote from lavalin
    The new working visa category for Australians to work in the US (E-3 Professional) - Would it be possible for Philippine born Australian Citizen / Permanent Residents as well?

    sample scenario : If a Philippine born immigrant stayed in Australia and acquired residency, he or she is considered as Australian PR /Citizen and therefore could possibly apply for the E-3 or not affected by retrogression?


    Just asking?

    :typing
    You would need to have an Australian passport to be included under this. But it is a temporary work permit, not permanent.

    It is a treaty visa, just as the TN Visa from Canada, and does not give you any more rights than that, and that is subject to being cancelled as well. It is strictly a temporary work permit, nothing more. But you have to go thru the immigration process and interview etc for that, where the Canadian one is done right at the border with just a VSC and a job offer letter. And family members cannot work if they join you with that, only you would be able to work. The dependent family members would be treated like H-4 visa holders, they can attend school, but are not able to work. Unless they can get a visa for their line of work, it is not automatic for everyone.
    Last edit by suzanne4 on Nov 15, '06

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