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How Could the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act Affect My Visa?

Posted on in Immigration

Stamford, CT immigration visa lawyer

The United States House of Representatives has passed a bill that increases the per-country cap for family-based immigration visas and employment-based visas. The bill is called the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (HR 1044), and it is designed to allow more skilled workers into the United States. The bill increases the limit for family-based visas for people from a single country from 7 to 15 percent of all visas issued in a single year, and it eliminates the 7 percent cap on employment-based visas. If passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Trump, this bill would be a particular boon to the Silicon Valley tech companies, such as Google, Apple, and Facebook, who often look abroad for employees. 

Why Is the Bill Under Scrutiny?

While the bill has widely been lauded as a sound and wise measure to increase the availability of visas for high skilled workers, it has also faced sharp criticism regarding its secretive nature. In most bills that are presented before either chamber of Congress, there is usually time allotted for debate and amendment. However, enough Republicans joined the Democrat-held House in giving the necessary votes for this bill to pass without discussion. Some people have claimed that this was more of a political ploy aimed at embarrassing the current White House administration, which has attempted to limit immigration to the U.S. 

Additionally, there is a concern that this bill would unfairly benefit only immigrants from India and China. While the bill, in general, is viewed by most in Washington as a necessary lessening of legal immigration restrictions, it still faces a tough road ahead. It will be under intense scrutiny in the Republican-held Senate, which will undoubtedly propose numerous amendments and alterations. U.S. labor unions are likely to lobby their states' senators to vote against it in an attempt to protect American workers from new competition in the labor market. It is expected that this bill will be sent back to the House after undergoing changes in the Senate.

Contact a Westchester County Immigration Attorney

The American immigration system is experiencing a time of immense stress and upheaval. Congress is in the midst of bringing rapid change to how the system has traditionally operated. To adapt to these changes, you need to understand the changing immigration laws and how they may affect you. The legal team at Gonzalez Law Office, LLC has handled many different types of immigration cases with positive outcomes. Contact an experienced New Canaan visa and green card lawyer today at 203-323-1440.







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