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Old 12-18-2014, 02:21 PM
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Thumbs up H.R. 2131 (SKILLS Visa Act) is back in House

H.R.2131 (SKILLS Visa Act) is back on the House union calendar. This is great news. It is a pro EB bill and it has IV sponsored H.R. 3012 built-in. Here's a link to the bill and below is the summery of it: Bill Text - 113th Congress (2013-2014) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

It will require renewed efforts on our end to push this forward. It has very good chance starting next year after GOP controls both houses.

I am thrilled to see the items this bill covers. Would love to get IV's input on this.

Increase employment-based immigrant cap numbers from 140,000 to 235,000
Elimination of 55,000 diversity visa program and use the numbers for those high skilled foreign workers with a medical degree, a dentistry degree, a veterinary degree, or an osteopathic medicine/osteopathy degree
Create new EB visa category of EB-7 using unused EB-1A priority worker visa numbers and part of eliminated diversity visa numbers leftover to those foreign workers with a master's degree in a STEM field from a U.S. doctoral institution of higher education or with all master's degree courses in a STEM field, including all courses taken by correspondence or by distance education while physically present in the United States or those with a baccalaureate degree in a STEM field.
Create another new EB visa category of EB 8-1 and EB 8-2: EB-8-1 for qualifying venture capital-backed start-up entrepreneurs and for self-sponsored start-up entrepreneurs and (2) EB-8-2 for E-1 treaty trader nonimmigrant status for 10 years or longer benefitting the economy of this country and creating at least 5 full-time U.S. workers for at least 10 years. Qualified entrepreneurs and family will receive conditional permanent resident status.
Make EB-5 regional center investor program permanent.
Eliminate the per-country limit for employment-based immigrants.
Increase the per-country limit for family-based immigrants.
Make Conrad J-1 waiver program permanent and increases the number of alien physicians that a state may be allocated from 30 to 35 per fiscal year, and provide up to three visa waivers per fiscal year per state for physicians in academic medical centers, extend dual intent to aliens coming to the United States to receive graduate medical education or training, or to take examinations required for such education or training, additional employment protections and contract requirements for alien physicians working in underserved areas, and excludes from numerical immigration limitations alien physicians who have completed national interest waiver requirements by working in a health care shortage area.
Increases the H-1B cap to 155,000 per fiscal year, and replace current master degree cap by STEM master or doctorate degree cap of 40,000 per year.
Portability of O-1 visa holders.
Extend dual intent to foreign students coming to the United States to pursue STEM field degrees at institutions of higher education or those engaged in temporary post graduation employment for optional practical training related to such study.
Some other minor pro foreign worker reforms.
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H.R. 2131 (SKILLS Visa Act) is NOT back in House. The House has left for the year already and 113th Congress has come to an end. This bill is not going anywhere.

Although IV's signature issue of removing per-country limits was in H.R.2131, for the record, IV was against H.R.2131 because it proposed increasing H1s to 195,000 and did not proportionately increase green cards. Based on our calculations, H.R.2131 would have created a backlog of 10 million people which is 10 times bigger backlog than the current EB backlogs of 1 million immigrants. Backlog of 10 million people will create an unimaginable horrific environment of exploitation.

We have to be smart about how these bills work for EB overall and not be naive in just look for a specific provision.

IV will continue to lead the effort to advocate for removal of per country limits in 2015. But we all have to be smart to see the overall picture and not get carried away with breadcrumbs.

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Thanks for the clarification. I am with you now.
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Thank you! We very much appreciate your support. In coming days we will share a plan for the next year.
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Thank you! We very much appreciate your support. In coming days we will share a plan for the next year.
That's great. Looking forward to be part of IV advocacy.
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I have not yet. But will do it pretty soon.
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