US Senate passes bill removing per-country cap for H-1B work visas
US Senate passes bill removing per-country cap for H-1B work visas

In a major decision, the US Senate has unanimously passed a bill that removes the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrant visas.  It also raises family-based visas, a legislation that will hugely benefit hundreds of thousands of Indian professionals in America who have been waiting for years to get their green cards.

The passage of the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act by the Senate on Wednesday comes as a big relief to Indian IT professionals who come to the US on H-1B work visas and their current waiting period for Green Card or permanent residency is running into decades.

Originally passed by the US House of Representatives on July 10, 2019 by a bipartisan 365 to 65 votes, the legislation increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7% of the total number of such visas available that year to 15%. It was sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Lee from Utah in the Senate.

The legislation eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas, a provision that will facilitate the removal of the massive backlog of Indian IT professionals in the United States. It also removes an offset that reduced the number of visas for individuals from China. Because of arbitrary per-country caps, the legal status of Indian IT professionals was constantly in jeopardy.

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