India-West: “High Demand Seen for H-1B Visas: Lottery May Be Used”
. . . Jonathan Hill, co-director of the STEM Center Collaboratory at Pace University, also believes Congress must end quotas for H-1B petitions.
“We need flexibility in hiring STEM workers; we’re wasting a lot of talent that have been educated in American universities but not allowed to remain here after graduation,” Hill told India-West.
In a perfect world, the U.S. would disband its quota system for H-1B applicants, said Hill, acknowledging that such a move would be politically unrealistic. Hill expressed his support for the “I-Squared Act,” introduced in the Senate last February by four Republican senators. The measure would cap the annual allotment of H-1B visas initially at 115,000. The cap could increase or decrease the number of visas allotted each year, based on how many days it takes to reach the initial cap. A maximum of 300,000 H-1B visas could be issued in a single year, according to the provisions of the bill, whose proponents include Sens. Orrin Hatch and Marco Rubio.