Employment-Based Immigration 2019

An exploratory study on the state of employment-based immigration in the U.S., including attitudes toward foreign-born workers and the challenges of the current system.


As the talent market becomes increasingly global, U.S. organizations must compete to hire and retain top talent from the U.S. and around the world. Foreign-born talent is a necessary complement to the domestic workforce. Our research captures a snapshot of the current state of employment-based immigration--what the attitudes are toward it, what forms this immigration is taking, and what challenges businesses are struggling with in the process.

As the U.S. workforce continues to age, and the skills gap continues to widen, employment-based immigration becomes increasingly relevant. Our research shows that while it is not the only solution to bridge the skills gap and help employers staff difficult-to-fill positions, hiring foreign-born workers can be extremely effective and may be the right choice for highly specialized positions that can take months or years to fill with domestic candidates. 

Much of the policy discussion on immigration focuses on enforcement. Employers care about enforcement, but employers need access to talent as well. As the function that works most closely with workplace immigration laws, the human resources profession is in a powerful position to promote the changes needed to build an easy-to-use employment-based immigration system. It is vital to the success of U.S. businesses that employers have access to a safe, secure employment verification system and a legal immigration system that allows them to respond to market demands and build globally competitive businesses.

Read the full report: Employment-Based Immigration 2019



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