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The Honorable ________
United States House of Representatives/United State Senate
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Dear Representative/Senator ______________:
I am writing to request your support of the amendments proposed by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to the DACA bill that could benefit not only immigrants but American citizens. I hope that by bringing the following issues to your attention, I can instigate positive change for the thousands of immigrants who face the same predicament.
I am a [job title] and have been living and working in the United States pursuant to a temporary work visa since [date]. My work in the field of ___________helps [describe the importance of your work to the US economy or society]. I have a [master’s, bachelor’s] degree in [field of study]. I began my journey towards lawful permanent residence in [year of priority date]. I remain hopeful that I might finally achieve my goal of permanent residence in this country, but the per country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants
keeps me stuck in limbo simply because of where I was born. Based on the statistics available, it is expected that I will have to wait _____ years for a green card to become available because I was born in [country of birth]. In contrast, an individual with the exact same education and job offer from almost any other country does not have any wait at all.
The Hatch Amendments include provisions which would exempt those with a Master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution from the H-1B employment-based green cards. The Hatch Amendments also propose changes to the visa program that would allow worker mobility for those seeking a green card by allowing them to change jobs earlier without losing their place in the green card line and provide work authorization for spouses and dependent children of H-1B visa holders.
Specifically, I strongly urge you to vote YES on the following amendments:
- Vote YES to exempting holders of U.S. Master’s degrees or higher who are being sponsored for green cards from the annual numerical limitations on H-1B visas;
- Vote YES to eliminating annual per-country limits for employment-based green cards so that applicants from more populous countries are not unfairly discriminated against relative to applicants from less populous countries;
- Vote YES to increasing worker mobility for individuals on the path to a green card by enabling such individuals to change jobs earlier in the process without losing their place in the green card line;
- Vote YES to codifying existing regulations regarding spousal work authorization and post-education practical training;
These amendments would strengthen the U.S. economy and stimulate innovation by making important and much-needed improvements to the H-1B and green card program. It is crucial that we invest in our country’s future competitiveness by providing skilled foreign students and professionals with the opportunity to remain here and apply their skills and knowledge to our growing economy.
Hence, I respectfully request and anticipate your support in treating my community of hard working H-1B individuals favorably. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration regarding this issue.
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