Comment: Cruel Quota Joke
USCIS announced that it has received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS also announced that it received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption, also known as the masters cap, but has not yet disclosed how many masters petitions it received.

The H-1B Quota is a cruel joke played on the employers, immigrant workers and US workers alike. It is impossible to plan for job creation when it is held hostage to a lottery--with a mere 30% chance of being allowed to create any given job. No business activity can be planned and carried out this way. This gives a strong incentive to companies to not create jobs in the US, but plan their expansion overseas instead where they can plan their workforce needs without a capricious lottery. Driving away US business off-shore due to the H-1B quota hurts US workers because it moves job creation overseas. It hurts US companies because it blocks their first preference of doing business activity in the US and forces them to move it overseas. It hurts immigrant workers because they lose the opportunity of working in the US business environment, where their productivity will be higher than if they were to work overseas for the same employer.

We urge Congress to realize that this is no way to run a railroad or a country, and to reform immigration laws without delay.

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