December 31, 2013 | Washington Examiner
No one better illustrates the need for immigration reform in 2014 than Felicity, a young British engineer who wants to work in California. A graduate with a master's degree in product design engineering from a top UK university, Felicity (not her real name) is working as a paid intern on a temporary visa in San Jose. She has job offers from two high-tech firms in Silicon Valley, and has chosen the one that is most likely to get her an H-1B visa. That visa would allow her to stay and eventually apply for permanent residency. Each year the Center for Immigration Services accepts applications for 85,000 H-1B visas. That is not enough. Visa applications can be filed on April 1 of each year. In 2013, the cap was reached during the first week in April. During the early 2000s, Congress temporarily raised the quota to 195,000, a number that did not exceed demand, but the quota reverted to 65,000 in 2004.