Tech companies urge the U.S. to let the kids of visa holders stay over 21 years of age

Tech companies request that US visa holders kids stay over 21

June 8, 2022: -A coalition of tech companies, which include Amazon, Google, Salesforce, and Uber, is suggesting the Department of Homeland Security rectify policies for children of visa holders, many of whom work for their businesses so that they can stay over the age of 21 without a green card.

In a letter to DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas made public; the companies asked that the Biden administration “establish more robust aging out policies.”

They point to more than 200,000 children growing up in the U.S. while their parents held visas, including the high-skilled H1-B access that’s particularly common in the tech industry. At the age of 21, they must apply for a green card, a process that is so long that it can even force some to leave in the interim.

The companies are encouraging Congress to pass bipartisan America’s Children Act to create a pathway to citizenship for ‘documented Dreamers’ in this situation.

“Policymakers have identified the plight of the Dreamers, children brought to the U.S. by their parents, knowing no other country and were left without legal status and providing interim relief through the DACA program,” the group wrote.

“Now, we urge policymakers also to address the needs of the over 200,000 children of high-skilled immigrants risking falling through the cracks of the immigration system.”

The tech industry has championed immigration issues, but this time they highlight the pressing needs of employers at the same time as widespread labor shortages in the U.S.

“Earlier this spring, American companies had around 11 million open jobs –5 million more than workers,” the coalition wrote.

“Many of these job vacancies are for the positions for very high skilled people, and U.S. companies recruit people born in foreign to work and fix the worker shortages.

Following the pandemic, these openings are critical as the U.S. seeks to maintain its world-leader status in innovation and ingenuity.”

The companies argue that the current aging-out policies hurt their ability to recruit high-skilled workers outside the U.S.

At 21 years of age, children of these visa holders “face the difficult choice of leaving the country that was their home or re-entering the labyrinthine, high-stakes immigration system for a different visa where options are minimal. The group wrote that their parents must either become separated from their children or abandon their careers and plan to seek permanent residence in the U.S,” the group wrote.

 

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