New Research Finds Despite Proposed Legislative Restrictions, H-1B Visas Remain Essential to Attracting and Retaining Talent in the United States

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Kauffman-funded NFAP report shows benefits of skilled foreign nationals to U.S. economy; Jobs and competitiveness ignored in proposed "Gang of 8" legislation

(ARLINGTON, Va.) May 1, 2013 – H-1B temporary visas have been an essential avenue for allowing high-skilled foreign nationals to work in America, according to a Kauffman Foundation-funded National Foundation for American Policy report released today.

The report, "H-1B Visas Essential to Attracting and Retaining Talent in America," details how the "Gang of 8" Senate immigration bill would dramatically change employment-based immigration policy, attempting through a variety of means to discourage or, in some cases, prohibit the use of H-1B visas, while providing more employer-sponsored green cards (for permanent residence).

The study finds premises on which new restrictions have been proposed for H-1B visas are mistaken, overstated or based on incorrect information. The study recommends Congress expand the number of green cards and H-1B visas without burdening employers or visa holders with new rules and limitations that will harm the competitiveness of U.S. companies.

The full report is available at