In New Jersey, foreign-born individuals like our 2019 winner Wei Wang, President and Founder, UrbanTech Consulting Engineering, and the 2018 winner Kamal Bathla of Maestro Technologies and the 2014 winner Mario Casabona CEO of Tech Launch have created more than one in three new businesses in recent years, ranking New Jersey 4th behind only California, New York, and Florida. NJ companies started by immigrants generate an annual business income of $6.2 billion in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Business Immigration Coalition, committed to bipartisan and common sense immigration reform, includes state-wide, regional and bi-national chambers of commerce, and other companies and organizations joining to celebrate the important role of immigrants in today’s economy and to honor the contributions of immigrant business leaders to their communities.
We believe that rather than send qualified foreign-born advance-degree graduates of U.S. colleges and universities back home to compete against U.S. businesses, Congress should encourage these individuals to stay in the United States by offering them permanent resident status. We can further buttress our competitive edge, by reforming and expanding the H-1B visa program, which makes available to U.S. businesses some of the world’s most highly-trained professionals in fields across the business sector. What’s more, a significant portion of H-1B filing fees fund education and training programs to enhance the skills of U.S. workers, particularly in the technology fields.
This year, we will be honoring immigrants for their achievements in growth, advocacy, and innovation, and we will name the 2020 Immigrant Entrepreneurof the Year. Do you know someone, a colleague, family member, neighbor, or friend, who you think has what it takes to be named an award winner for innovation, growth or advocacy or for the 2020 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year?
Nominations are open now through September 12, 2020
To Nominate go to http://njbusinessimmigration.org/nominations