The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber today announced its participation in “Business for Skilled Worker Immigration,” a coalition of more than 35 chambers of commerce to date, from across the country working together to advance skilled worker immigration reform as a means of driving job creation, innovation and overall economic growth through improved across to international talent and the creation of pathways for more entrepreneurs to launch businesses in this country.
With talent a key driver of the economy, coalition members seek to bring increased focus on the critical challenge of improving access to top international talent. “The Albany metro area ranks sixth in the U.S. for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) worker visas. There is a significant demand for skilled technical employees in Capital Region. We look to Congress to provide business the ability to access and obtain talent around the world to enable the continued growth of Tech Valley," said Mark Eagan, President and CEO of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber.
The group is focused on three specific proposals designed to improve current skilled worker immigration policy:
- Increasing the availability of temporary, skilled worker (H-1B) visas;
- Increasing the availability of permanent resident visas (green cards) for STEM graduates and workers; and
- Creating new startup visas for immigrant entrepreneurs who launch businesses in the U.S. and meet certain employment and financing goals.
Business for Skilled Worker Immigration represents a strong cross-section of the nation’s business community, with broad geographic diversity among its members. The coalition will urge Congress to address this important talent issue as part of broader-based immigration reform expected to be taken up this session.
A full list of coalition members is below and available on the coalition web page, along with additional information about Business for Skilled Worker Immigration.National Business for Skilled Worker Immigration Coalition Members:
National Business for Skilled Worker Immigration Coalition Members: