Many economists agree that immigration leads to a positive net impact on the U.S. economy, but restrictions on the number of employment-based visas and the costs of employer sponsorships are preventing businesses from hiring the workers they need across all skill levels. Particularly for high-skilled jobs, these limitations prevent U.S. companies from recruiting the best talent to stay competitive with other countries. In 2018, more than 190,000 people applied for just 85,000 available high-skill H-1B visas.
Immigration reform isn’t just good for companies—it’s also good for American workers, consumers, and the economy as a whole. Business Roundtable advocates smart immigration policies that create a system which supports the American workforce and provides the necessary economic boost to increase productivity, raise wages, and reduce unemployment.