Rep. Zoe Lofgren Applauds Improvements to H1-B Visa Rules to Attract and Retain Skilled Workers

May 6, 2014
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) released the following statement today applauding a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiatives designed to encourage highly skilled and technically trained individuals working in the U.S. under the H-1B visa program to stay and contribute more fully to the U.S. economy.  The announced changes would allow the spouses of H1-B visa holders to apply for work authorization after 6 years of residence in the country:
"If we want to attract the best and brightest minds to come to the U.S. and help grow our innovation economy then it makes sense to also welcome the talents of their spouses.  Often times, I meet the spouse of an engineer in Silicon Valley who is also educated but not allowed to fully contribute his or her talents, which sometimes leads the couple to leave the U.S. altogether.  
"These are the kind of smart changes we can make under current law to bring some relief from a dysfunctional immigration system.  I think the Administration can continue to investigate ways to make improvements, but ultimately Congress must pass top–to–bottom immigration reform if we are going to fix our country's broken immigration system."
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