Congress Tackles Green Card Backlogs
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation last week that seeks to end the backlogs for green cards by eliminating the per-country cap for employment-based immigrants and raising the existing per-country cap from 7% to 15% for family-based immigrants. The elimination of per-country caps would benefit Chinese and Indian nationals in particular, who face three to ten year delays in obtaining green cards based on employment.
The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (H.R. 1044) was introduced by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Ken Buck (R-CO), and passed with clear bi-partisan support with a 365 to 65 vote.
The future of the bill remains uncertain as the Senate is considering a similar companion bill, S.386, which was introduced by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Kamala Harris (D-CA). If S.386 is passed, the two bills would go to a conference committee to resolve technical differences.
We will continue to monitor the situation with regard to these bills and provide updates as soon as there are further developments.
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