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Tech start-ups heading to Capitol Hill to call for U.S. immigration reform

A group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are planning a trip to Washington D.C. next month in the name of U.S. immigration reform. Specifically, they are hoping to encourage Congress to consider enacting serious reform regarding skilled workers.

According to experts, this is something of an unusual move on the part of these start-up tech company heads who are generally more focused on strengthening their respective businesses than anything else.

"Primarily they don't get involved because everyday they're trying to keep their doors open," said Carl Guardino, president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the organizer of the D.C. trip.

Why then are they taking this unprecedented action?

According to these entrepreneurs, expansion of their start-up tech companies requires skilled workers, and that many of these skilled workers can be found in both China and India. However, the process involved with sponsoring H-1B visas for them is currently too expense and too difficult to manage.

One of the largest requests coming from these entrepreneurs is a desire to change the current system from one based on quotas to one based on demand. They also want both visas and permanent residency documents for two key groups -- those with degrees in certain science-related areas and entrepreneurs.

Some economists validate these claims, and indicate that thousands of jobs are lost when tech start-ups are unable to expand due to shortages in qualified employees.

Of course, not everyone is sold on this idea. The president of the Programmers Guild, a group representing U.S.-based programmers and engineers, claims that these companies simply do not want to pay a fair wage.

It will be interesting to see what, if any, immigration reforms come about as a result of this visit.

Stay tuned for more from our Los Angeles County immigration law blog ...

Due to the continued complexity of U.S. immigration laws with respect to naturalization and the exposure to facing a denial of this petition, it is critical to speak with a legal professional who has extensive specialized knowledge and experience in immigration law.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


Fox Business, "Entrepreneurs plan D.C. road trip to talk up immigration reform," Sarah McBride, Jan. 24, 2013

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