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Immigration Bills .
112 Congress
H.R. 3012
H.R. 264
H.R. 5921


111th Congress

1. S 1085 - Reuniting Families Act (4 sponsors) Vote this Up on Ideascale - Obamas official idea submission site Relevant to us - Visa Recapture, Increase country quota to 10%

2. H.R. 2709 - Reuniting Families Act (58 Sponsors) Relevant to us - Visa Recapture, Increase country quota to 10%

3. H.R. 264 - Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2009 (1 sponsor) Relevant to us - GC for long term residents of US (5+ years and are not even subject to quota - the wording is unclear to me but it might just be that if you are in the country illegally for 5+ years, you are now legal), Aged out Children, Widow Penalty

4. H.R. 182 - Parents of Citizen Children (21 sponsors) Relevant to us - Will allow immigration judges to determine if alien parent of citizen child will be allowed to stay in US

5. H.R. 1791 - Staple Act (1 sponsor) Relevant to us - GC for folks with PhDs

6. H.R.1868 - Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (74 sponsors) Relevant to us - no citizenship for us born children of non-GC holders

7. S.887 - H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2009 (2 sponsors) Relevant to us - Bad: More stringent requirements for H1 employers - online ad for 30 days, negative impact on H1B/L1 contractors, stricter application review by DOL (marginally), new requirements for hiring at new company locations or at startups Good: Fairer pay requirements, Employer punishment for abuse of H1B/L1 workers

Some notes about the above bills 1. and 2. were also introduced in the 110th session. 1. had only one sponsor and 2. had only 4 sponsors. This time they have 4, 58 sponsors respectively so the idea that something needs to be done is spreading.

Even though this is a listing of all bills +ve and -ve, the +ve ones are more important because we can try to get more support for those.

110th Congress

H.R.5882 Title: To recapture employment-based immigrant visas lost to bureaucratic delays and to prevent losses of family- and employment-based immigrant visas in the future. Sponsor: Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] (introduced 4/23/2008) Cosponsors (31)

H.R.5921 Title: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per country level for employment-based immigrants and to end the spill-over of unused immigrant visa numbers between employment-based and family-sponsored categories. Sponsor: Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] (introduced 4/29/2008) Cosponsors (24)

H.R.6039 Title: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize certain aliens who have earned a master's or higher degree from a United States institution of higher education in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics to be admitted for permanent residence. Sponsor: Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] (introduced 5/13/2008) Cosponsors (34)

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