Two new bills, H.R 1044, and S.386, were introduced in U.S House of Representatives and Senate on February 7, 2019. The bills’ sole purpose is “to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, and to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants.” The bill, titled Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants of 2019, is similar to the bill that was introduced in 2017, H.R 392.
The bill was introduced in the House by U.S Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) and is currently cosponsored by 137 other Representatives. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Senator Kamala Harris (D- CA) introduced an identical bill in the Senate and is currently cosponsored by 14 other Senators. Both bills are still in the introduction stages and no further action has been taken.
In introducing the Bill, Sen. Lee stated that “Immigrants should not be penalized due to their country of origin.” Sen. Harris stated, “we must do more to eliminate discriminatory backlogs and facilitate family unity so that high-skilled immigrants are not vulnerable to exploitation and can stay in the U.S. and continue to contribute to the economy.” This bill will benefit countries like India and China that have been backlogged for years in their employment based green cards processing.
Read bill text and Congressional activity here
Read my previous post on a break down on bill break down here