As SHRM looks toward its centennial year in 2048, we are focused on updating existing laws and creating new rules that better align with the workplaces of today and tomorrow. One of these laws is the Immigration and Nationality Act, which affects every sector of the workforce and impacts the lives and livelihoods of millions of workers across the world.


SHRM provides policymakers with data-driven policy recommendations to modernize the U.S. immigration system and enhance global competitiveness:

  • Enable electronic filing throughout the system
  • Introduce automatic renewals on a continuous basis
  • Provide more guidance from applicable government agencies
  • Create a “Known/Trusted Employer” program that streamlines the process for employers that submit multiple applications
  • Increase the number of (immigrant and non-immigrant) employment-based visas available

Workplace Immigration 2023
SHRM Research & Policy Recommendations

As the voice of all things work, SHRM pursues data-driven nonpartisan public policy solutions that promote flexible, inclusive and equitable workplaces where employees and employers thrive, and talent is tapped, trained and
empowered to reach its full potential.

SHRM’s workplace immigration research was intentionally developed in consultation and partnership with policymakers from both sides of the political aisle and employment-based immigration experts and practitioners to ensure the research outcomes would serve as a tool for policymakers when
making important policy decisions related to modernizing the U.S. immigration system.


As employers work to close the skills gap, it is critical they have the tools to hire a legal workforce and the ability to access top talent no matter where it is found in the world.

Emily M. Dickens
Chief of Staff, Head of Public Affairs, and Corporate Secretary, SHRM