Government Agency Actions Keep Skilled Immigrants Out
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The Chamber’s Randy Johnson co-wrote an opinion piece on how government agencies are hurting America’s global competitiveness. Also included in the piece are recommendations on how the U.S. can improve its policies and create a more vibrant economy now. Co-authors Randel Johnson, Austin Fragomen and Stuart Anderson write in The Daily Caller:
In his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama declared, “Others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. It makes no sense.” Yet although the president has justifiably criticized policies that lead to educating international students in America only to send them home, his own agencies are making it very difficult for skilled foreigners to work in America.
U.S. companies have wearied of counterproductive policies directed against employers that utilize the global talent pool. Over the past several months, despite the rhetoric of reviewing regulatory policies, employers have faced the reality of agency actions and procedures that delay vital projects, force companies to go without valuable employees and push work outside the United States. Today, seemingly no matter how qualified the worker, applications for skilled foreign nationals are greeted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adjudicators with costly and time-consuming “requests for evidence.” Immigration attorneys say they have never seen the process for approving applications so arduous and adversarial. In addition to problems with green cards and H-1B temporary visas, both the State Department and the immigration service routinely deny or delay applications for companies to transfer into the U.S. existing employees with specialized knowledge, another signal to keep more work abroad in the first place.
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