“No one knows how many more Wright States are out there since there is no regular auditing of the nature of these ‘affiliations,’ ” wrote Howard University Associate Professor Ron Hira in his submitted testimony to the committee.
“We do know that many other universities are very aggressively and creatively trying to exploit the university-affiliation loopholes to bypass the cap-and-wage rules.”
Hal Salzman, a professor at Rutgers University, also referenced Wright State “using university H-1B exemptions to circumvent restrictions for industry.”
Hira said that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services appears poised to further loosen the rules being exploited by Wright State and other universities.
The City University of New York last month unveiled a plan to sponsor H-1B visas for 80 foreigners outside the federal cap, allowing those workers to create their own businesses. While the university touts this as a means to bring entrepreneurs to the country, others criticize it as “hacking” the immigration system.
“The concept is aimed at opening up the visa program to more foreign workers by using novel, and seemingly unlawful, interpretations of the law to shoehorn workers into existing cap-exempt categories and otherwise make H-1B visas available through cynical exploitation of loopholes in the law,” wrote U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in a letter last month to the director of USCIS.