The proposed Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 is intended to eliminate country based green card caps and reduce the long backlog in employment-based green cards. The bill does not increase or decrease the number of employment-based green cards issued each year.
The Immigration and Nationality Act increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7% of the total number of such visas available that year to 15% and eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas. It also removes a provision that reduced the number of visas for individuals from China. In addition, the bill establishes rules for employment-based visas during fiscal years 2020-2022 by reserving a percentage of EB-2 (workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability) and EB-3 (skilled and other workers) visas for individuals not from the two countries with the largest number of EB visas recipients. Of the unreserved visas, not more than 85% shall be allotted to immigrants from any single country.
The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act bill was originally introduced in February 2019 by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT); bill H.R.1044 passed in the House on July 10, 2019. Bill S. 386 goes to the Senate on September 19, 2019, where it is expected to pass unanimously.
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