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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2015
Council Contact: Nicole Longo, The Fratelli Group, (202) 822-9491
SHRM Contact: Kate Kennedy, (703) 535-6260
Employers Agree: Updated Visa Availability Is a Step in the Right Direction
Washington, D.C. – The Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) commended the Administration today for taking a positive step toward improving the U.S. immigration system by updating the procedures for determining visa availability.
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“…[On] Tuesday [February 24]…the Obama administration announced a visa rule revision that will let spouses of some highly skilled immigrants apply to work in the United States starting this year.
“…Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the change will encourage more highly skilled workers to come to the United States on H-1B visas and apply for green cards to stay here. He said attracting those workers — and their spouses — will give a boost to America’s economy.
“Congressional Republicans remained sharply divided Monday [February 23] over how to fund the Department of Homeland Security, prompting White House officials to begin preparations for a potential shutdown of the agency this weekend.
“…Late Monday, Senate Democrats again filibustered a Republican funding proposal for DHS because the money is tied to a repeal of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration…[T]he vote was 47 to 46, well short of the 60 votes necessary to overcome the Democrats’ procedural roadblock. The Monday vote marked Republicans’ fourth attempt to move the House bill.