The H-1B visa is frequently referred to in the media as a “tech visa”, as in this New York Times piece on how the “Hire American” executive order would affect the program. While a large share of H-1B visas are, in fact, awarded to workers in computer-related occupations, this paints an incomplete portrait of who is using the program.
DHS report shows that foreign temporary entrants follow the law and leave on time almost 99 percent of the time.
Under U.S. immigration law, approximately 21 visa categories are classified as “temporary workers.” Most commonly discussed temporary worker programs are H-1B, H-2A , H-2B, and L visas. The nonimmigrant visa waiver program allows visitors into the United States.
Temporary visa reform may be an excellent place to start if the next president is looking for bipartisan support to spur momentum on moving legislation through Congress.
The H-1B program allows employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require expertise in specialized fields and a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Demand for H-1B visas has exceeded the annual cap every year since 2004.
Paul Stern contributed to this post. Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate for H.R. 2131, the Supplying Knowledge-based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visa Act (SKILLS Visa Act), in conjunction with the Joint Committee…