View Full Version : Merit-based visas

04-21-2013, 12:32 AM
From Seven things you need to know about the new immigration bill - NBC Politics (http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/16/17783040-seven-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-immigration-bill)
you will know that merit-based visas have 2 tracks----one is for people who are in US (track 1) and the other is from outside US (track 2)

Then I read the following link about merit-based visa from page 261 onwards,
I find out that track 2 (for people outside US) option still needs no. of years US employment and I feel confused. It is because I think if track 2 counts US employment---it is meaningless because someone may graduate and get the H-1B visa processing on the day US quota was full or someone may NOT win the H-1B lottery if H-1B visas are exceeded the quota in certain years and then back to their home countries and under this situation, so how can they count no. of years US employment??? Also, for both track 1 & 2, they count US relatives as points---so how about if someone don't have any US relatives or spouse and they will lose points on the total and it is unfair?????

From the second article, from my personal view, I do think both track 1 & 2 are similar????

Also, right after track 1 or track 2 merit -based visa application, I wonder how long does it take to obtain the green card? Also, does this merit-based visa is self-petitioned?

In previous proposed bill, it mentioned about STEM visa stapled to diplomas----where is it now?