Cornyn asked Mayorkas to meet with the TechServe Alliance "to hear their concerns about the Neufeld memo and its impact on legitimate IT businesses."
The TechServe Alliance, which represents services firms, last year filed a lawsuit on behalf of several of its members potentially hurt by the new rule. Among them, for instance, was Logic Planet, which, at the time, employed 95 IT workers, including 89 on H-1B visas.
Mark Roberts, the CEO of TechServe, said he was pleased with Cornyn's effort. "We're looking forward to getting the attention of the agency," he said.
Roberts said USCIS policy is having an impact on the ability of staffing firms to get an H-1B visa. "It has chilled the process and created uncertainty," he said.
Roberts also believes that it may be impacting demand of the H-1B visa. Since the start of the visa filing period for the 2012 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, the USCIS has received 28,700 H-1B petitions out of the 85,000 available, or about one third of the total.
Of the total cap, 20,000 are set for people who have earned advanced degrees at U.S. universities.
Roberts said that since the U.S. began accepting petitions for the next fiscal year, "virtually no" staffing company has filed for an H-1B petition. "I think demand is being depressed," he said.
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