Special Collection: Immigration
The current focus of our special collection is employment-based immigration. Jobs and employment opportunities have been at the center of immigration policy for as long as immigration policy has been debated. The chance to earn a living is as great a motivator for new immigrants as accessing large pools of labor has been for U.S.-based employers. But as the research in this collection shows, matching these needs in ways that are fair, humane, sustainable, and economically viable has been a challenge. Drawing on the insights of direct service organizations, immigration and labor advocates, representatives of small and large business interests, entrepreneurs, and economists, the collection offers a comprehensive view of employment-based immigration for both high- and low-skilled workers.
H-1B Visas Essential to Attracting and Retaining Talent in America

H-1B temporary visas have been an essential avenue for allowing high-skilled foreign nationals to work in America. The "Gang of 8" Senate immigration bill would dramatically change employment-based immigration policy, attempting through a... … more

Quo Vadis? Recruitment and Contracting of Migrant Workers and their Access to Social Security: The Dynamics of Temporary Migrant Labor Systems in North and Central America

Different regions and countries of the world face a serious need to design and make use of necessary policies and resources to better manage worker migration, thus ensuring the welfare and human rights of these people who, in the end, are of benefit... … more

2013 Immigration and Workforce Study

Throughout the year, NSBA conducts a series of surveys and quick polls, chief among them are our two Economic Reports: the NSBA Mid-Year Economic Report and the NSBA Year-End Economic Report. This survey, "The 2013 Workforce and Immigration... … more

Legal Immigration Policies for Low-Skilled Foreign Workers

The current US legal immigration system includes few visas for low-skilled workers, and employers have relied heavily on an unauthorized workforce in many low-skilled occupations. The issue of "future flow" of legal workers at the... … more

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Creating Jobs and Strengthening the U.S. Economy in Growing Industries

The focus of this report evolved from a 2010 conference at Babson College on "Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Massachusetts" sponsored by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) from which two key ideas emerged. One is that there is an... … more

Time-Bound Labor Access to the United States: A Four-Way Win for the Middle Class, Low-Skill Workers, Border Security, and Migrants

The US economy needs low-skill workers now more than ever, and that requires a legal channel for the large-scale, employment-based entry of low-skill workers. The alternative is what the country has now: a giant black market in unauthorized labor... … more

Analysis of H-1B and L-1 Provisions in Senate Immigration Bill

While the employment-based green card provisions in the new Senate bill would reduce the permanent resident backlog and aid employers when seeking to sponsor graduate students from U.S. universities in science and engineering, the legislation will... … more

A Comparison of Family and Employment Immigrants and Possible Implications of a Shift Toward Skilled Immigration

If the United States were to move toward a more employment-intensive immigration system, the representation of women in the immigration flow will likely decline, immigrants will be older, there will be less country diversity, and more immigrant... … more

AIC Executive Director Ben Johnson's Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

The American Immigration Council's Executive Director Benjamin Johnson's testimony on the issue of skill-based immigration addresses the role that immigration can and should play in building a 21st century America that prospers and grows. Prosperity... … more

Congressional Testimony: Foreign Workers Benefit Massively from Guest Work Opportunities

Leading development economists find that authorized guest workers typically draw massive economic benefits from their work, relative to their best alternatives. They migrate voluntarily, pass on large benefits to their families and home countries,... … more