Employers Welcome White House Commitment to Improve Visa Processing, Employment-Based Immigration

Jul 21, 2015
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) welcome a new White House report on visa modernization, including proposed improvements to the employment-based immigration system such as greater access to green cards and a Known Employer Pilot program.

“We are encouraged to see the Administration committing to new approaches to improving the system, especially the Known Employer Pilot,” said Lynn Shotwell, CFGI executive director. “We look forward to working with the White House and key agencies in the months ahead to make sure these changes are implemented in ways that deliver benefits for employers, employees and the entire economy.

“We applaud the White House for issuing this report at a time when the U.S. employment-based immigration system continues to hinder the ability of employers to grow and contribute even more to the economy,” Shotwell said. “Our members continuously cite long visa processing times and delays that cause uncertainty as major challenges when making business decisions, and the recommendations included in this report are a step in the right direction toward improving this outdated system.”

The report, “Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century,” includes concepts CFGI and SHRM have long advocated – from improving the issuance of green cards to PERM modernization to other processing efficiencies. Of note, the Known Employer Pilot program draws upon key concepts CFGI and SHRM have called for over the years, such as pre-certifying qualified employers with a proven track record of immigration compliance.

“We are encouraged by these developments, and we urge the president and Congress to work together on broader, meaningful reforms for employment-based immigration,” Shotwell said.

Learn more about CFGI’s and SHRM’s employer solutions for immigration reform at employerimmigrationsolutions.org.

MEDIA: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy at Kate.Kennedy@shrm.org and 703-535-6260 or Vanessa.Gray@shrm.org at 703-535-6072.

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 us at www.shrm.org and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

About the Council for Global Immigration

The 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. 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 www.councilforglobalimmigration.org.

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