Council for Global Immigration’s Principles for Immigration Reform
Building a U.S. workforce that can compete in an increasingly complex and interconnected world requires a U.S. immigration system that supports American employers in their efforts to manage, recruit, hire and transfer top world talent in the United States. Unfortunately, the current system works against, not for, U.S. employers. It is astonishingly outdated and plagued with uncertainty, backlogs and inefficiencies that threaten employers’ and America’s ability to compete and expand jobs and the economy.
America needs a high-skilled, employment-based immigration system that:
  • Rewards compliant employers with a “Trusted Employer” program that is efficient, saves resources to combat fraud and provides a predictable application process.
  • Validates that employers know best how to build and manage their workforces.
  • Provides employers certainty in hiring with one secure, reliable electronic employment verification system.
  • Ensures bad actors are sanctioned without unduly burdening employers acting in good faith.
  • Makes green cards available by eliminating backlogs and per-country limits and by ultimately providing a market-based cap.
  • Ensures employers have access to and the ability to retain temporary professionals needed to grow business and create jobs.
  • Provides that any fees placed on compliant employers are reasonable and used to improve immigration services and competitiveness, and are not imposed as a mere tax.
  • Acknowledges that foreign talent complements the U.S. workforce and that U.S. employers competing in a global market will always need to utilize the best professionals worldwide while investing in and growing the domestic pipeline.
  • Recognizes the importance of family unity and the contributions of other key sources of foreign-born talent, including DREAMers, and provides spouses, permanent partners and children of foreign professionals with appropriate visas and work authorization.
It’s a new world. The time for new high-skilled, employment-based immigration policies is now.
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