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To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other... Read More

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This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on Nov 29, 2011 but was never passed by the Senate.

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A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per- country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act''.

SEC. 2. NUMERICAL LIMITATION TO ANY SINGLE FOREIGN STATE.

(a) In General.--Section 202(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(2)) is amended-- (1) in the paragraph heading, by striking ``and employment- based''; (2) by striking ``(3), (4), and (5),'' and inserting ``(3) and (4),''; (3) by striking ``subsections (a) and (b) of section 203'' and inserting ``section 203(a)''; (4) by striking ``7'' and inserting ``15''; and (5) by striking ``such subsections'' and inserting ``such section''. (b) Conforming Amendments.--Section 202 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1152) is amended-- (1) in subsection (a)(3), by striking ``both subsections (a) and (b) of section 203'' and inserting ``section 203(a)''; (2) by striking subsection (a)(5); and (3) by amending subsection (e) to read as follows: ``(e) Special Rules for Countries at Ceiling.--If it is determined that the total number of immigrant visas made available under section 203(a) to natives of any single foreign state or dependent area will exceed the numerical limitation specified in subsection (a)(2) in any fiscal year, in determining the allotment of immigrant visa numbers to natives under section 203(a), visa...

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Washington, DC — TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of technology CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today urged support for H.R. 3012, the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act,” legislation that would eliminate a longstanding problem in U.S. law that stifles America’s economic growth by artificially creating large backlogs of highly-skilled foreign-born workers. Today some highly-skilled immigrants wait significantly longer than others in receiving employment-based green cards. This is not due to differences in skills, but due to a “per country cap,” a little known provision in current law which limits to seven percent the total number of green cards issued to people from any one particular country. H.R. 3012 would eliminate this counter-productive per nation cap on employment-based visas in favor of a more fair, “first come, first serve” system, where all employment-based immigrants who meet the U.S. government’s requirements have the same wait time and same burden of a system short on green cards. “America needs the best and brightest to fuel our innovation economy and make sure we are the epicenter of this discovery,” said Rey Ramsey, President and CEO of TechNet. “Given that more than 40 percent of the world’s population comes from just two countries which supply the vast majority of highly skilled immigrants to America – India and China – the arbitrary limit of seven percent per country forces many of these talented people to go other nations to create innovation, economic value and jobs. That makes no sense. This bill is smart policy that will help ensure that our nation attracts and keeps the best talent regardless of where they come.” https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr3012

TechNet 3 years ago

H.R. 3012 - Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, contains a technical fix to eliminate per-country limits on allotment of high-skilled green cards without adding a single additional green card to the system. The bill also increases per-country limits from 7% to 15% in the family-based immigration system, which will help reduce the huge backlogs in the family based system as well, without adding any new visa numbers. http://immigrationvoice.capwiz.com/immigrationvoice/issues/alert/?alertid=54367501

Immigration Voice 3 years ago

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Bill Summary

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes.

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