WASHINGTON – Today, ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, announced its support for The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019, a bicameral and bipartisan bill that eliminates the per-country caps on employment-based immigrant visas, allowing U.S. employers to attract and retain the world’s best and brightest employees in order to compete in a global marketplace. The current U.S. immigration system dictates that nationals from a single country cannot annually comprise more than seven percent of the total number of employment-based visas.
“There is consensus that reforms to fix the nation’s immigration laws for high-skilled workers are long overdue,” said Andy Halataei, ITI Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. “The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act would allow U.S. employers to attract and retain the world’s best and highly-educated employees, enabling highly-skilled workers who are committed to the United States to propel American innovation, grow the economy, and help create jobs in America. This bill will help maintain U.S. competitiveness as a nation, and we applaud Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) and Ken Buck (R-CO-4) for their continued leadership on this issue.”