IBM, Senator Grassley, and H-1b Visas

In a letter made public recently, IBM responded to an inquiry made by Senator Grassley regarding the use of H-1b workers in light of lay-offs by IBM in Senator Grassley’s home state of Iowa. Senator Grassley has been an outspoken critic of the H-1b program and legal immigration in general so his inquiry to IBM… Continue reading IBM, Senator Grassley, and H-1b Visas

H-1b Report Released

On the first day of cap filing season, the American Immigration Council released a report detailing the economic impact of H-1b employees. Interesting study containing facts. Maybe someone can pass a copy of this along to Senator Grassley.

Senator Hatch calls out Senator Grassley

Last week, Computerworld published comments from Senator Hatch in which he essentially called out Senator Grassley for being a protectionist and simply ignoring the economic realties of the global marketplace that exists in 2015 by virtue of his plan to prevent an increase in the H-1b cap without including unnecessary and onerous requirements. The proposals… Continue reading Senator Hatch calls out Senator Grassley

Senator Grassley Upset Over the H-1b program…… again !

Recently, President Obama made remarks indicating that he wanted to make the H-1b program more efficient as part of the Executive Action that he has promised to deliver in light of Congressional inaction on immigration reform. His remarks immediately drew the ire of Senator Grassley who opined that the H-1b program should have a labor market test attached… Continue reading Senator Grassley Upset Over the H-1b program…… again !

NFAP Report Challenges Senate on Proposed H-1b Restrictions

In a report released earlier this week, the NFAP claimed that the Senate’s proposals to restrict the usage of H-1b’s were not based on sound evidence and represented poor economic policy. This report was issued before Sen. Grassley and others introduced amendments which would create even further restrictions on the H-1b. Whether or not the… Continue reading NFAP Report Challenges Senate on Proposed H-1b Restrictions

300 Amendments to the Senate CIR bill

Senators on the Judiciary Committee have proposed almost 300 amendments to the Senate CIR bill. Many of these amendments would have disastrous effects on IT staffing cos.  Senator Grassley, a long-time opponent of the H-1b program and its use by IT staffing cos. proposed 77 himself.   A listing of the amendments can be found here at… Continue reading 300 Amendments to the Senate CIR bill

Obama and Romney attacked by Bloomberg

In a recent article, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg attacked both President Obama and the Republican candidate Romney for their failure to take a leadership role in advocating for an overhaul of the U.S. employment based immigration system which is in deplorable shape and does not provide the economic boost that an improved, more open system would… Continue reading Obama and Romney attacked by Bloomberg

Grassley Amendment to HR 3012 a Blow to U.S. Employers

Earlier this week, Senator Grassley publicly announced that he had released his hold on HR 3012. If you recall, HR 3012 was a bill that had passed the House by a margin of 389-15 and essentially eliminated decades of national origin discrimination by eliminating the per country limits applied to the distribution of immigrant visas… Continue reading Grassley Amendment to HR 3012 a Blow to U.S. Employers

HR 3012 Lives ! Maybe ?

Several sources are reporting that Senators Grassley, Brown, and Schumer have reached a compromise that would eliminate the per country limitations for immigrant visas, create a special E3 visa for persons from Ireland, and require an annual DOL audit  of all employers with more than 100 employees and 15% H-1b holders. It would also eliminate the ability… Continue reading HR 3012 Lives ! Maybe ?

Does the Jobs Act Passage Signal Hope for Work Visa Legislation ?

In a surprising development, both parties in Congress stopped campaigning, posturing, and fighting long enough to actually enact legislation designed to create US jobs and spur development via the passage of the Jobs Act.  At least one entrepreneur supporter/venture capitalist, Steve Case,  believes that there is a connection between a legal immigration policy that welcomes entrepreneurs and highly skilled… Continue reading Does the Jobs Act Passage Signal Hope for Work Visa Legislation ?

Major U.S. Employers Urge President Obama on L Visas

Recently, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with a number of large U.S. employers urged President Obama to restore the L visa program. They charge that the changes in the application of the law by the USCIS and the US Consulates in India have gutted a program that promoted international business and spurred U.S. job growth.  The… Continue reading Major U.S. Employers Urge President Obama on L Visas