CFGI and SHRM Applaud Immigration Innovation Act of 2018

I-Squared bill is the right solution for employers and the workforce

January 25, 2018
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) applaud today’s introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2018 (I-Squared). This bill includes provisions to modernize the high-skilled employment-based immigration system in a way that would work for all who have a stake in immigration, including employers and the workforce.The legislation, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), would establish a voluntary trusted employer program, among other provisions. Consistent with a CFGI proposal, a trusted employer program would make the system more efficient for employers and the government.“This legislation would ensure that employers acting in good faith have access to the top global talent they need to compete, while providing additional resources to train and educate U.S. workers in high-demand STEM fields,” said Lynn Shotwell, executive director of CFGI. “It would also reform the H-1B program with enhanced protections for U.S. workers, an important change that CFGI supports.“We endorse the bill’s provision that would keep today’s green card system in place, but provide a more direct path to a green card when there are no able, willing or qualified U.S. workers available,” Shotwell continued. “This option would make it easier for professionals to accept employment with new employers, a key change we support. We will include this legislation in Congress as part of our advocacy efforts to advance fair, innovative and competitive immigration reforms.”The members of CFGI and SHRM are working to create a 21st century workplace that empowers employers and the workforce to compete and win in an increasingly competitive global economy. Building an immigration system that is fair, innovative and competitive is a critical component to realizing this goal.“We applaud Senators Hatch and Flake for their commitment to invest in the future of the U.S. workforce and modernize our nation’s outdated employment-based immigration system in a way that works for the workforce,” said Mike Aitken, SHRM’s vice president of government affairs.“This legislation addresses many of the serious challenges facing employers navigating the current maze of immigration laws and regulations, including eliminating green card backlogs and modernizing the H-1B visa system,” Aitken added. “These reforms are a critical component to building and supporting a 21st century workplace in which employers and the workforce can thrive.”Media: For more information or to request an interview, contact Kate Kennedy at and 703-535-6260 or Sundra Hominik at and 703-535-6273.About the Council for Global ImmigrationThe Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) (formerly known as the American Council on International Personnel), a strategic affiliate of SHRM, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of leading multinational corporations, universities and research institutions committed to advancing the employment-based immigration of high-skilled professionals. CFGI bridges the public and private sectors to promote sensible, forward-thinking policies that foster innovation and job growth. Learn more about us at and follow us on Twitter @Global_imm.About the Society for Human Resource ManagementThe Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress. 


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