Immigration reform for highly skilled immigrants using H-1B visas

H-1B visas, which allows skilled workers to travel to the U.S. to work, currently don’t serve enough people. There is great demand to bring highly skilled people here, yet they can’t come. Why? There exists a cap on the number of H-1B visas that can be distributed each year. It is very low at 85,000 per year. Demand far outstrips the number of H-1B visas available.

There was an attempt to help this problem earlier this year. It came in the form of the Immigration Innovation Act in the Senate, which would have raised the cap on H-1B visas to 300,000 per year.

The Immigration Innovation Act was killed, though, despite it enjoying bi-partisan support. It’s detractors argued against fixing immigration with small bills; they instead suggested a larger, all-encompassing bill.

And so, after a few months, the Senate put together a large bill that attempted to address all of immigration reform. It passed.

Now it sits in the House, where it is not being addressed. Representatives there are instead saying that they prefer to address the problem of immigration reform in little pieces rather than with one sweeping bill, directly going against the thought process of the Senate.

Increasing the cap on the number of H-1B visas that can be distributed each year is one of the more pressing issues with immigration reform today. There are some very skilled workers who want to come to the U.S. to work. They should be allowed to; everyone, from the immigrant to the citizen to the U.S. as a whole, would benefit.