EB Visa Second most common way to become an American 140,000 available each year Effectively 60,000 to 65,000 per year Must have a job offer 2 to 10 year wait Dependents Country Caps
H-1B 6 years Easy to get 85,000 cap, plus exceptions Total = 120,000 to 140,000 per year Cannot apply for citizenship, but may apply for EB visa
F Student Visa Unlimited H-1B Visa EB Visa Less than 1 Year with OPT 2 to 10 years with H-1B
H-1B visas Owned by company Hard to switch jobs Required for residency Dont lead to citizenship EB visas Program is too small Program has too many restrictions Results in long delays
1. Expand the EB program End country quotas Exempt dependents Exempt graduate students 2. Remove H-1B from the process Student visa to EB visa Make H-1B visas temporary and unusual 3. Streamline student visa process
Yes! President & Republicans support, at least in principle Broad coalition of interests built around the issue Strong policy and political logic But….. Politics of immigration is very bad Details are tricky Key legislative speed bumps
Different perspectives, ideas and experiences lead to more innovation America needs all the talent we can get The more smart people America has working in our country, the better off our country will be Assumes talent is distributed randomly across the nation and globe Dont train the competition
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