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Let's Make H-1B Visas Better, But Let's Not Stop There
Thanks for your petition about H-1B visas. You identify a problem we'd very much like to correct, but it's just one example of how our larger immigration system is fundamentally broken.
But here's the good news: 68 senators have voted for legislation that would secure our borders, crack down on employers who refuse to play by the rules, and create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants so they can come out of the shadows. Their bill would even cut the deficit and boost the economy.
It also deals specifically with the issue of H-1B visas.
For starters, it would authorize the State Department to domestically renew the visa of an individual admitted on an H-1B visa if that person is otherwise qualified -- which should help to alleviate the problem you want us to address.
And it would also create a flexible cap, which would almost double the number of H-1B visas -- from 65,000 to 115,000 per year for the first year. It would allow spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the United States, and it would establish a 60-day transition period for H-1B workers to change jobs.
But of course, if we want to see these changes become law, we need Congress to finish the job. It's up to lawmakers in the House of Representatives to follow the example of their colleagues in the Senate, accept a few compromises, and pass this legislation without delay.
That's the only way we're ever going to uphold our heritage as both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.