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May 12

Winning the Global Talent War: H-1B Visa Reform

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

On April 7, 2008, six days after the FY 2009 H-1B application process opened up, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had received approximately 163,000 H-1B petitions, exceeding the cap for H-1B visas for the fiscal year of 2009.  Of those 163,000 applicants, only 85,000 will receive an H-1B visa, chosen by a computer generated random selection process.  As a result, tens of thousands of foreign workers and American employers must wait until April of 2009 to apply again.

The limited number of H-1B visas available has many implications to the United States, from hurting our economy and competitiveness, to damaging U.S. public diplomacy around the world.  Join us as a panel of experts discusses the current issues of H-1B visas, its many implications to the United States, and the proper way to fix this system.

More About the Speakers

James Sherk
Bradley Fellow in Labor Policy,
Center for Data Analysis,
The Heritage Foundation

Kelly Krieger Hunt
Senior Manager,
Immigration Policy,
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

George Fishman
Chief Counsel,
Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship,
Refugees, Border Security, and International Law,
U.S. House of Representatives

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Helle C. Dale Helle C. Dale

Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy Read More