The National Foundation for American Policy released a new report today on immigration policy (funded by the Kauffman Foundation). Wait times for EB-1 visas may be developing, which previously had no backlog. For EB-2 visas, immigrants from countries other than India and China (who already have a backlog) will also see wait times develop. It's pretty simple: demand greatly exceeds the quotas set for each year, and demand is increasing.
High-skilled immigrants are good for America:
Some have argued that providing green cards to highly skilled foreign nationals harms the job prospects of Americans. However, that argument ignores that skilled scientists, researchers and professionals help create more jobs and innovations. Moreover, such individuals are hired as part of the normal recruitment process, complementing, not replacing, Americans.
The importance and benefits to the U.S. of high-skilled immigrants is uncontroversial at the Kauffman Foundation. Reform of the system is clearly needed. Something about immigration policy reform was featured in the Foundation's Startup Act white paper, and has made its way into the Startup Act 2.0 legislation currently under consideration in both houses of Congress.