The big news on immigration reform this week wasn’t DACA.
It was the so called Immigration Innovation (ISquared) Act of 2017 being reintroduced in the Senate by Senator Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah.
The innovation in this Senate Bill that caught my attention was the following:
Prohibitions on Replacement: Prohibits employers from hiring an H1B visa holder with the purpose and intent to replace a U.S. worker.
The intent is good here but the wording is very vague and open to lot of interpretation.
The Real Immigration Innovation would consist of a robust system that ensures the intent of the above which is, or should be if it is not, that American workers are not being short changed.
I propose the following to address this issue:
Let us create a national system for matching jobs to job seekers using, you guessed it, Blockchain!
Step 1: All US employers post all jobs in this system. Required. Not optional. Real job postings, not fake ones to eliminate US workers.
Step 2: All US Citizens seeking employment would register in this first system that automatically checks all credentials and does background checks.
Step 3: The system would match the jobs to candidates and select top 10% for further screening. The employer can decide who they want to interview in person and make selection.
Step 4: If none found, the job gets posted into a second layer where legal US residents (Green cards holders) go through the same process.
Step 5: Job gets posted to a third layer where other legal US residents (ie other than Green card holders) can apply. This would include F1 Visa students, H1B workers, H4 dependents etc. If selected, they get a temporary green card. No work visa or H4EAD or OPT needed.
Step 6: Job gets posted globally. Anyone can apply. If selected, get a provisional Green Card immediately. No work visa needed.
Highlights and Link (ISquared by Senator Orrin Hatch):
Employment Based Non Immigrant H1B
Allows for unto 195,000n annual non immigrant H1B visas for skilled workers to fill the so called skills gap.
Work authorization for the spouses and children of the above H1B workers.
Raises the salary threshold for H1 Dependent employers to $100,000/year
“Super-Dependent” Employers lose that exception.
Eliminate per country limit for Employment based green cards for those “Non Immigrant” workers.
Allow recapture of unused numbers from previous years.
Exempt the spouses and children from this cap
Exempt STEM workers and other extraordinary ability folks (athletes, artists etc)
Separate direct path for US based F1 students and those on OPT.