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Issue Brief

Efforts to achieve a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration laws remain stalled in Congress.  Many Members of Congress are proposing targeted approaches aimed at reforming employment-based (EB) immigration for skilled workers, including technical professionals. Many of the changes they have proposed will directly affect the lives and careers of IEEE members. IEEE-USA is working to ensure proposed skilled immigration reforms protect the interests of both native-born and immigrant engineers in the U.S., while promoting the long-term health of the U.S. engineering profession and U.S. technological competitiveness. Guided by our “green cards, not guest workers” philosophy, IEEE-USA is focused on achieving reforms to the EB green card system and reducing abusive practices within the H-1B temporary visa program. Our goal is to strengthen worker protections in the program to reduce outsourcing and unfair exploitation of technology workers. We are also working to make it easier for international STEM students in the United States to get green cards after graduation. This would allow them to bypass the H-1B program entirely, enabling them to change employers and start new businesses, while leveling the playing field for all U.S. engineers to compete for jobs and wages based on their knowledge, skills and experience.

Related IEEE-USA Media Releases

10 March 2017 Lack of Presidential Action on H-1B Visas Will Cost Americans Jobs
6 March 2017 The H-1B Visa Problem as IEEE-USA Sees It (IEEE Spectrum)
6 Jan. 2017 IEEE-USA: H-1B Outsourcing Bill Will Not End Outsourcing
30 March 2016 On H-1B, Administration Allergic to Common Sense
11 Nov. 2015 IEEE-USA Commends Sens. Grassley, Durbin for Introducing H-1B, L-1 Visa Reform Legislation
1 Oct. 2015 Congress Eliminates Fee Paid by H-1B Outsourcing Companies, Making it Cheaper to Take American Jobs
30 Sept. 2015 Media Advisory: Legal Remedy for Displacement of U.S. Workers by H-1Bs
30 Sept.
Congressional Briefing Voices Bipartisan Support for Investigation into H-1B Program
28 Sept. 2015 Media Advisory: How to Stop Discrimination Against American Citizens by H-1B Outsourcing
30 March 2015 United States Doesn’t Need More H-1B Visas
24 Feb. 2015 IEEE-USA Applauds Final Rules on H-1B Spouses; Green Cards Would Work Better
14 Jan. 2015 Senator Introduces Bill to Help Destroy U.S. High-Tech Workforce
8 Sept. 2014 IEEE-USA Webinar to Examine Whether United States is Falling Behind in Global Competition for Scientists & Engineers
21 May 2013 IEEE-USA Displeased with Weakening of U.S. Worker Provisions in Comprehensive Immigration Bill, But Finds Much to Support
13 May 2013 IEEE-USA Urges Senate to Reject Expanding H-1B Visa Program & Removing Protections for High-Skill Workers
16 April 2013 IEEE-USA Supports Green Card Provisions in Immigration Bill, Questions Expanding H-1B Visa Program
9 April 2013 IEEE-USA Supports Senator’s Effort to know if H-1B Program Promotes Gender Bias
29 March 2103 Companies Specializing in Shipping American Jobs Offshore Seeking More H-1B Visas than Law Allows
22 March 2013 IEEE-USA Supports Senate Legislation to Reform H-1B and L-1 Visa Programs
6 March 2013 'We are a Nation of Immigrants, Not Guest Workers,' IEEE-USA Testifies Before House Immigration Subcommittee
19 Feb. 2013 Top 10 H-1B Visa Companies All Specialize in Shipping American Jobs Overseas
27 Nov. 2012 IEEE-USA Report Shows STEM Visas Can Promote Diversity & Have Positive Effect on U.S. Job Creation
18 Sept. 2012 IEEE-USA Commends Texas Congressman for Introducing Pro-Growth Immigration Bill

Related IEEE-USA and IEEE Policy Communications

17 Oct. 2016 Comment Submitted to US Citizen and Immigration Service (Doc. USCIS-2015-2006) Expressing Concerns Regarding the Administration's Parole Proposal for Immigrant Start-Up Entrepreneurs.
6 July 2016 Letter to Reps. Rohrabacher and Pascrell Supporting Introduction of The H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act (H.R. TBD) in the House of Representatives.
29 Feb. 2016 Comments Submitted to Dept. of Homeland Security Concerning Proposals Affecting High-Skill Non-Immigrant Workers (DHS Docket NO. USCIS-2015-00008).
25 Feb. 2016 Statement to Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest for Hearing on The Impact of High Skilled Immigration on U.S. Workers.
26 March 2015 Letter to Senate Budget Committee Opposing Amendment 646 to the Senate Budget Bill (S.Con.Res.11), Which Would Enable Inclusion of H-1B Visa Increases in the Budget Bill.
17 March 2015 Statement for the Record on the Senate Judiciary Committee 17 March Hearing on Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers.
11 Feb. 2015 Letter to California Congressional Delegation Forwarding News Story Highlighting Abuse of H-1B Visa Program.
20 Jan. 2015 Comments in Response to USCIS Docket Number: 2014-0014 Soliciting Input on the U.S. High-Skill and Employment-based Visa Systems.
25 Aug. 2014 Coalition Letter to President Obama Urging That Only Principals Be Counted Against Visa Limits Set by the Immigration Act of 1990 In Order to Reduce Visa Backlogs for Skilled Workers.
26 Sept. 2013 Letter to Secretary of State Kerry and USTR Froman Expressing Concerns Regarding H-1B/L-1 Visa As Part of U.S. Trade Negotiations
6 May 2013 Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Leaders Expressing Support For The High-Skill Provisions of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744).
18 March 2013 Testimony By Karen Panetta Before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the Needs of Women and Families
5 March 2013 IEEE-USA Testimony By Bruce Morrison Before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration on Enhancing America's Competitiveness Through Skilled Immigration.
3 Jan. 2013 Thank You Letter to Senators Cornyn, Grassley, Hoeven and Paul For Endorsing Senate Action on the STEM Jobs Act (HR 6429)
3 Jan. 2013 Thank You Letter to House Members Supporting Passage of the STEM Jobs Act (HR 6429)


Take Action Now:

Petition the White House to Stop Using H-1Bs to Outsource Gov't Jobs

IEEE-USA Positions

Ensuring a Strong High-Tech Workforce Through Educational and Employment-Based Immigration Reforms (June 2015)

IEEE-USA Legislative Proposal

Pending Legislation

Protect and Grow American Jobs Act (H.R. 170)

H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2017 (S.180) (H.R. 1303)

High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 (H.R. 670)

Recent Congressional Hearings

Senate Judiciary Subcom. on Immigration, The Impact of High-Skilled Immigration on U.S. Workers (25 Feb. 2016)

House Judiciary Committee, Is the Investor Visa Program an Underperforming Asset (11 Feb. 2016)

Senate Judiciary Com., Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect U.S. Workers (17 March 2015)

Other Resources

IEEE-USA Report:  "Promoting Diversity Through the STEM Visa" (Nov. 2012)





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