Call for Participation: NVTC Hi-Tech Immigration / H-1B Visa Working Group 

 

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) has been a longtime supporter of the H-1B Visa program which allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. These visas help to fill a critical void that Virginia’s technology community faces. Research conducted by NVTC shows that technology companies in our region continually struggles to find qualified talent to fill open positions in areas such as cyber-security, data analytics and software development. We also view the H-1B program as critical to attracting world class graduate students and faculty to our universities.
 
Recently, the Trump Administration issued a proclamation suspending the issuance of a variety of visas including the H-1B until the new year.  Recognizing the substantial need for high-skilled workers in our technology industry, we are disappointed with this suspension. While we believe that reforms are needed, we view continued support for the H-1B program as essential.
 
As such, NVTC is establishing an NVTC H-1B specific Working Group to gather and offer input and advocacy on this issue going forward. If you or the appropriate person in your organization has an interest in joining the working group, please email Troy Murphy, NVTC’s Director of Policy, at tmurphy@nvtc.org
 
As you may recall, NVTC had previously advocated for reforms to make the program more effective and curb some cases of abuse (for background on NVTC’s advocacy related to the H-1B program, please see the linked op-ed by Bobbie Kilberg, NVTC’s former President and CEO, here). 
 
Additionally in 2017, NVTC organized a discussion with U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) 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.

NVTC’s 2017 H-1B 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, The 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, The George Washington University 
 
We need your input so we can continue to serve as your collective voice on this issue. If you or the appropriate person in your organization has an interest in joining the working group, please email Troy Murphy, NVTC’s Director of Policy, at tmurphy@nvtc.org