On June 7, NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg and several NVTC Board members and executives from Board member companies met with U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) at his Capitol Hill office to discuss the importance of H-1B Visas and the need to continue providing U.S. technology businesses and universities with access to highly-skilled technology workers from across the world. Sen. Cotton is one of the key senators whom the White House is looking to for leadership on green card reform, with a focus on highly educated immigrants, and also on H-1B Visa reforms.
The NVTC leaders spent about 45 minutes sharing with Sen. Cotton and his staff how they utilize H-1B Visas to supplement their U.S. workforce by providing access to an international pool of highly-skilled technology workers that help them remain competitive in growing their businesses while also expanding our national economy which creates more American jobs. NVTC leaders indicated that the H-1B program is especially important in bringing the best and brightest workers from across the world to fill critical jobs in cybersecurity, data analytics and software development where there are not yet enough highly skilled workers in this country to fill all the open positions. They also discussed the importance of the H-1B program to attracting world class graduate students and faculty to our universities.
NVTC leaders indicated that they would welcome reforms to the H-1B Visa system to curtail abuse of the program. They urged Sen. Cotton to ensure that any changes would provide that technology businesses and universities with legitimate need are able to efficiently access highly-skilled and specialized technology workers who are willing to come to the United States to work.
NVTC participants included:
Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO, NVTC
Matt Calkins Founder, Chairman and CEO, Appian
Tim Conway, President, Public Sector, NTT Data
Sudhakar Shenoy, Chairman and CEO, Alyx Technologies
Terry Sullivan President, University of Virginia
Joe DeRoma, Vice President of HR, Inova Health System
Carson Henry, Fab Director, Micron
Lisa Kurz, Partner, Blue Canopy Group
Tiffany Moore, Vice President, Congressional Affairs, Consumer Technology Association
Greg Mossburg, Senior Vice President for Strategic Operations, CGI Federal
Kevin Richards, Vice President, Head of U.S. Government Relations, SAP America
Doug Shaw, Senior Associate Provost for International Strategy, The George Washington University
Josh Levi, Vice President of Policy, NVTC
Troy Murphy, Public Policy Manager, NVTC