S.1857 - Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act

A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act as introduced.

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  • rahulkimmi 11/11/2011 12:23pm

    This bill is designed to give green cards to applicants based on skill on a first come first serve basis. Country caps have no place in employment or employment based immigration. This bill does not add a single visa number to the system.

    This bill also increases the country cap from 7% to 15% without increasing a
    single visa number. This will be helpful to lot of family based immigrants who are separated from their loved ones.

    In addition to making it easier on applicants, it makes America more competitive and upholds american values.

    Thanks for introducing this simple but sensible bill.

  • rahulkimmi 11/11/2011 12:24pm

    Though it is illegal to discriminate based on national origin en employment, employment based green card system discriminates based on country of origin. This hurts US competitiveness as applicants from certain countries has to wait up to 70 years because they are born in a particular country. This bill removes the country limit in employment based green card system giving green cards based on “first come first serve” basis.

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. —http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/index.cfm

  • octavius_20 11/13/2011 4:51am

    Support this bill folks. Here’s an analogy of what you’re going to fix if you pass this bill:

    Telling a highly skilled immigrant that they have to wait several decades longer because of national origin is no different than telling a black man that he has to wait several hours longer to get into a restaurant because of the color of his skin. This bill will fix the system so that highly skilled immigrants get judged on the skills, qualifications, and accomplishments they bring to this country. US employers don’t discriminate by national origin and neither should the US employment-based immigration system. Support this bill.

  • bumba2001 11/14/2011 12:38pm

    I support S.1857. I came to this country in 2000 and applied GC in 2004. Due to heavy backlog of my country I guess I would get the GC in 2021, a wait of 18 years for me to get the GC. This is completely unfair. This bill would remove this discrepancy and allocate visas on first come first serve basis. I thank Senator Mike Lee for introducing this bill.

  • JeffDG 11/15/2011 9:05am

    I love how all the Immigration Voice zombies “support” this bill before the text of the bill is even available.

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    ASUUSA 11/15/2011 12:45pm

    Especially with the background of HR3012, I guess “to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants” mentioned on the title of S.1857 is more than enough to support/oppose this bill, unless someone is a moron!!!

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    octavius_20 11/15/2011 2:43pm

    Perhaps the Immigration Voice “zombies” already know what the text of this bill is. In that case, if they are zombies, what does that make you?

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    JeffDG 11/15/2011 2:48pm

    Where is this text published? Not here, not on the Library of Congress site.

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    nextgenimmi 11/17/2011 10:35pm

    where’s the text? right above in the bold blue highlighted background.

    Ok, if the zombies are voting w/o looking at the text then why are you even commenting w/o looking at what they are supporting?

    why are you so sour on legal immigration?

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    sandy_anand 12/06/2011 3:54pm

    Dude, seriously?

  • aemmanuel 11/19/2011 1:31am

    This bill is neither about H1B nor does this bill has anything to do with American workers losing their jobs. With or without this bill there will be no change in the unemployment situation in U.S. Without this bill people like me will keep working in our current job, as temporary workers, as we have been doing for over a decade. In fact most of us do not even care how many new H1B temporary workers are allowed into U.S. every year. This bill will remove the per country quota system and ensure that permanent residency visas are issued on a first come first serve basis.

    There are certainly many business and economic reasons why this bill is beneficial for U.S. but for me it is the personal struggle. It is perhaps in my despair that I sometimes think even, the most intrepid of the mariners, Amerigo Vespucci himself would have returned to Europe if he had to sail for 15 or 20 years to reach the American shores.

  • kripal 11/21/2011 4:54pm

    Country of Origin should not be needed/considered when it is the case of employment based immigration . It should be based in skills and education . This rule originated back to second world war . We are living in post racial world .

  • nextgenimmi 11/30/2011 8:49am

    Dear Senators,

    It was clear from the last Republican debate that everybody (Romney,Newt,Bachmann,Santorum) supported legal immigration. This was in response to a specific question with regards to retaining highly skilled immigrants.

    Immigration doesn’t affect just the mental state but also future aspirations of an individual.

    Reverse brain drain is one angle to it. Please click:Harvard Paper by Vivek Wadhwa

    Now taking another angle. Roughly 100,000+(number is under-estimated but stating just to prove the point) highly skilled immigrants haven’t bought a house because they are backlogged.

    Simple math:
    low range :50,000 * $250,000 (minimum cost of the house)
    :$12.5 Billion
    high range:100,000 * $500,000
    :$50+ Billion

    Not trying to sell it this way but should we just ignore this positive cash influx?

    Please support this bill.


  • JeffDG 12/07/2011 1:28pm

    Wait…I thought this bill didn’t add any immigrants, or is it that you’re proposing that only Indian immigrants buy homes.

    If the bill doesn’t add any new visas, then the net number of immigrants will be zero, and all these supposed economic benefits are completely fictional.

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    nextgenimmi 12/07/2011 5:43pm

    Wait … the bill doubles family based quota for Mexico/Phil. You don’t seem to be complaining about that, do you? If you would like to have a healthy debate then post something sensible. This bill is attempting to expedite the process of adjusting the status of a working individual from ‘waiting-in-queue-for-ever’ to ‘permanent’. The same individual who has migrated here legally AND who has a job.

    The 100K+ number mentioned below comes from the folks who are already waiting in the queue. read the posts before posting insane comments.

    FYI: Also, NPV for a skilled immigrant(as calculated by Duke University) is around $200K.

    I can prove how ignorant you are:
    In one of the posts you said: “Where is this text published? Not here, not on the Library of Congress site.”

    Proof: This is a companion bill!

    You need to get a refund from that whatever school-class ;)

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