Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 11231102 (posted Nov. 23, 2011)"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
George Tzamaras / Jenny Werwa
202-507-7649 / 202-507-7628
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WASHINGTON, DC – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
commented on Wednesday’s announcement from the United States Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it has received a sufficient
number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for
fiscal year 2012 since the filing window opened on April 1st this year.
“During a time when job creation is the nation’s number one priority,
why are we still fiddling around with an outmoded quota system that
ignores the importance of immigrants to the economic engine?” said AILA
President Eleanor Pelta.
“The marketplace dictates the pace and type of demand by business for
specialized workers. To be more competitive globally, we really should
be smarter about our high skilled visa distribution so that it is
related to market needs instead of pinned to a static limit that was
determined by Congress in the last decade,” continued Pelta. “Congress
needs to be working on ways to make the visa system work for fueling the
economy. The status quo is no longer acceptable.”
H-1B petitions are filed by U.S. employers seeking to hire a specific
foreign national in a specialty occupation involving the theoretical
and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge (such as
the sciences, medicine and health care, education, biotechnology). The
numerical limitation on H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2012 is 65,000.
Additionally, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of aliens
who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the
fiscal year cap.