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    Expected Run on High-Skilled Visas Another Reminder of Needed Reform

    The fate of many high-skilled workers seeking to come and work in the U.S. may be left up to luck of the draw this year. On Monday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for a popular high-skilled worker visa, known as the H-1B. By Friday, the agency … More

    Morning Bell: What Immigration Reform Must Do

    Immigration is a difficult issue—there’s no getting around that. How do we encourage and improve lawful immigration, while deterring unlawful immigration? David Addington, head of Heritage’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, takes on this question just as the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” nears a deal on … More

    Visa Reform: Long Wait Times Make Travel Difficult

    Attaining a visa to the United States is an incredibly lengthy and difficult process. To combat this, last week, Congressman Joseph Heck (R–NV) introduced the latest iteration of the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act. Like its predecessors from the 112th Congress, the bill proposes several programs and policies … More

    Immigration Reform: Immigrants Earning Advanced Degrees

    “We love it [in the United States],” Anurag Bajpayee told The Washington Post. He’s a 27-year-old from India who’s doing post-doctoral mechanical engineering work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With his business partner and fellow student Prakash Narayan Govindan, he has developed a machine that could help purify … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts Analyze the State of the Union

    President Barack Obama laid out an ambitious agenda last night. Here are some highlights of our experts’ analysis of his claims, his plans, and his promises. Responding to Newtown All Americans, no matter what our backgrounds or political perspectives, abhor the death of innocent human beings. We were shocked by … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Statement on Immigration

    The Heritage Foundation has released the following statement: America’s heritage of immigration has fueled our nation’s strength and diversity, yet our immigration system has become so politicized and dysfunctional that it causes untold personal tragedies, strains the fiscal capacity of public services in many states, and prevents many from pursuing … More

    Obama’s Empty Promises on Immigration

    Immigration reform made a brief appearance in President Obama’s inauguration address, disappearing faster than the shadow of Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day. “Our journey is not complete,” Obama declared, “until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; … More

    VIDEO: Bob Ehrlich on Federalism, Immigration, and Executive Pardons

    Heritage sat down with former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich (R) earlier this month to discuss some of the issues he’s focused on since leaving the governor’s mansion in 2006, and his advice for conservative reforms going forward. Ehrlich addressed what has become his cause célèbre in recent years: the clemency … More

    Immigration "Diversity Lottery" Is Long Overdue for Abolition

    The House passed a bill on Friday that would abolish the immigrant “diversity lottery” and replace it with a new program that would give green cards (permanent legal residency) to certain foreign-born science and technology graduates of U.S. schools. An unwise policy since its inception in 1986, the diversity lottery—the … More

    Cuba Drops Exit Permit Requirement, but Don't Expect a Travel Boom

    On October 16, Cuba’s official newspaper announced that the requirement of an exit visa to depart the island will be lifted on January 14. A future Cuban traveler will have to present only a renewed passport and a visa from his destination country in order to depart Cuba. Permissible periods of … More