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Schedule A Update: Presidents’ Alliance and Partners Comment on Labor Shortage in Key Fields


Schedule A Update: Presidents’ Alliance and Partners Comment on Labor Shortage in Key Fields

The Presidents’ Alliance joined over 200 organizations and individuals — including the Niskanen Center and the Institute for Progress — submitting comments regarding the expansion and modernization of the Schedule A list of occupations that do not require permanent labor certifications. Schedule A comprises occupations for which the Department of Labor (DOL) has previously determined there is a shortage of qualified American workers. By eliminating permanent labor certification requirements for certain positions, Schedule A streamlines hiring and opens opportunities for qualified employees to fill jobs in high-needs sectors. Modernizing Schedule A will provide additional employment-based immigration options for international alumni whose training and degrees align with those occupations listed in Schedule A.

Comments submitted to the Office of Foreign Labor Certification highlighted the importance of modernizing the Schedule A list to better match industry demand for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) graduates and retain a competitive edge in the international economy.  By easing the burden on employers and reducing DOL processing backlogs, expanding the Schedule A list will help ensure that workers are able to fill positions critical to our social, economic, and national security interests. Submitted comments demonstrate the importance of aligning labor and immigration policies to ensure that the United States is able to attract and retain talented individuals to our schools and businesses, providing insight into the intersecting interests of industry, education, and the nation as a whole.

Read the Presidents’ Alliance letter letter here.