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Please Vote 'Yes' on HR3012

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Dear Senator,

I am writing to you to request you for your support for H.R. 3012 - Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act.

This bill passed the US House of Representatives on Nov 29th with 96% support (Final vote tally was 389-15) and is now pending action in the Senate. The vote was a bi-partisan expression of support for an issue that is long overdue and needs congressional action immediately.

The bill does not increase the number of immigrants in the United States. It only creates a technical fix by making the system first-come first-serve. Currently, the system allocates green cards each year by limiting green card numbers on a per-country basis. This causes individuals from two different countries to wait at different times even when they have same type of job and same qualifications. Employment based immigration was designed and created in order to facilitate employers who want to be competitive in a global economy and recruit foreign workers when no US citizens are willing, qualified or available to fill certain positions. The goals of employment based immigration are purely economical. On the other hand, the per-country quota aims to establish and preserve diversity. And therefore the per-country quota makes sense for family based immigration. However, for employment based immigration, the system must work in a first-come first-serve basis.

I would like to bring the following facts to your attention regarding H.R 3012:

1. This bill does NOT increase the number of immigrants allowed in the United States. Employment-based immigration will continue to have the same annual numerical ceiling.

2. This bill eliminates an archaic provision of the current employment-based immigration law that discriminates the amount of time an employment based green card applicant needs to wait based on his/her country of birth.

3. This bill will have no impact on the diversity of the immigrant pool (much less the diversity of the population of United States) because it only impacts a small percentage of the total immigrant pool entering United States.

4. This bill is a product of patriotic minds on both sides of the aisle working together to produce small, beneficial results for the US economy. It has passed the House of Representatives with a 96% approval - a rare feat in today's times.

I request you to support H.R. 3012 with your honorable colleagues from both sides of the aisle. I am conscious of how deeply contentious any immigration policy decision can be for elected officials. Years of partisanship and division over the issue have proven how difficult it is to resolve these issues. However, what you have in front of you is a bill that puts aside all contentious aspects of immigration, and focuses purely on the singular aspect that every United States citizen agrees with - Attract the best and brightest in the world to its shores, just as it always has, irrespective of their country of birth.

Thank You.

Member Immigrationvoice
http://www.immigrationvoice.org
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Dear Sir/Madam, I came to this country with $64 in hand and a dream in my eyes. After spending 6 years and contributing to the economy of this great nation, I find my career at a stand still. I want to do an MBA and have a GMAT score of 730 out of 800( 96 percentile), but due to not getting Green Card, I can't start my education in US. The only option I have is to do an MBA from other counry and go leave US permanently. I started my family here, had my son here, and find my self attached to this great nation. I wish things were easier for people such as me, who want to live here and add to the country, but are unable to do so due to the immigration system. Please help us. Thanks, Prashant
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Sir, I work for a high-tech american company and I have played an important role in building systems that are vital to the success of its business today and over years. I can see that this success is creating more employment opportunties everyday. But then, soon my abilities will be handicapped by the huge challenge that I am going face as I join at the end of green card queue in which hundereds of thousands like me are already waiting for years together in a limbo. This is the greatest challenge so many legal temporary immigrant workers like me face. We will work here while living with a BIG uncertainity in all spheres of our life - work, personal life, family, children, spending etc., This is an enormous of mental stress and severely handicaps us from performing to the fullest of our abilities at work. HR 3012 will empower me and so many high-skilled temporary immigrants like me to perform and contribute to the fullest of our abilities by addressing this huge challenge all of us, the high-skilled legal temporary immigrants, face in this greatest land of opportunities. Some people are misinterepreting this bill as a threat to jobs of americans. I dont mean to sound differentiating but then, this is a misconception for sure because I see more American employees added than indian or chinese immigrant employees as my company continues to recruit more people. So, this bill is no threat to jobs of americans (as misconceived by some), it only helps create more opportunties for them and all of us together. Please support this bill and help us make this country stronger and more competetive and be part of its journey as the greatest and strongest country in the world. Thank you very much, Venkat
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There is a reason why this country is known as the land of opportunities. We had come here, to educate ourselves, believing in that dream. However, after spending our talent and resources to acquire these skills, we are stuck with no means to utilize them and contribute to your society. We are confident that if we are allowed to perform to the best of our abilities, together we will be able to pull ourselves out of this economic quagmire!
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