New Guide Explains U.S. Employment-Based Immigration System

CFGI and SHRM Outline Employer-Endorsed Solutions to Modernize the Current System and Power the Economy

Mar 23, 2015

Washington, D.C. — The Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released today a comprehensive guide to the U.S. employment-based immigration system. “Moving Forward on Immigration: How the U.S. Employment-Based Immigration System Works — and How It Can Work Better” lays out the elements of the current, outdated system and puts forward solutions supported by U.S. employers to modernize it.

“Our immigration system is complicated, inefficient and incompatible with the speed at which business moves and our ever-changing economy. We need to reform the employment-based immigration system so that it supports, not hinders, America’s employers,” said Lynn Shotwell, executive director of CFGI. “This guide is an ideal resource for anyone wanting to learn about our employment-based immigration system, and it serves policymakers and their staffs as they evaluate ways to reform it.”

The guide features a pullout poster of key immigration terms and federal agencies that help in understanding the complex U.S. immigration system. The guide also contains CFGI’s Principles for Immigration Reform that outline reforms endorsed by immigration professionals to ensure the U.S. employment-based immigration system advances employers’ ability to recruit, hire, transfer and retain top world talent. It also contains:

  • An overview of the U.S. employment-based immigration system;
  • Must-know information on the president’s executive action;
  • Details on the skills gap and why employment-based reforms are critical to addressing it;
  • Important policy solutions on how the system can work better — from H-1Bs to worksite enforcement;
  • Lessons from the global competition for talent; and more.

As part of the guide’s release, CFGI is debuting a video starring a professional who faces new challenges when she is assigned employment-based immigration responsibilities for her organization. Watch her story here.

The guide is being released at SHRM’s Employment Law & Legislative Conference, being held March 23-25 in Washington. Among the conference’s concurrent sessions is “Moving Forward on Immigration: How the President’s Historic Actions Impact You” with representatives of CFGI. During the conference, SHRM members will visit their legislators on Capitol Hill to talk about workplace issues, including the need to improve E-Verify.

The full guide can be found here.

Media: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM at 703-535-6260 and or the council contact, Nicole Longo of the Fratelli Group, 202-822-9491.

About the Council for Global Immigration
The Council for Global Immigration (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. The Council bridges the public and private sectors to promote sensible, forward-thinking policies that foster innovation and job growth. Learn more about the Council at

About the Society for Human Resource Management​
Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional 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 SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.


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