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  • Latest Action: Jan 23, 2012 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 293.

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on the Judiciary - Immigration and Border Security

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  • This bill's most-recent vote occurred on November 29, 2011, with a roll call of 389 ayes, 15 nays, and 29 not voting.

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  • 88% of users support H.R.3012

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    • NAFSA: Association of International Educators

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On October 15, 2011, by crookshanks - Country of origin should have no place in an employment based immigration system. It's surprising that this discrimination has been going on for so long. Employers care about skills and merit, not where you were born. It's about time these country limits are removed!

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      As noted by crookshanks, a user on OpenCongress.org, on October 15, 2011, "Country of origin should have no place in an employment based immigration system. It's surprising that this discrimination has been going on for so long. Employers care about skills and merit, not where you were born. It's about time these country limits are removed!"
    • On October 17, 2011, by tolystoy - Imagine having an approved green card petition and then waiting for decades to get it just because you were born in a certain country. Oh and meanwhile you can't change jobs, accept promotions, start companies, buy a house, travel abroad and you have to renew your driver's license every year. How can an immigration system be so broken for so long? Pass this bill right now!

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      As noted by tolystoy, a user on OpenCongress.org, on October 17, 2011, "Imagine having an approved green card petition and then waiting for decades to get it just because you were born in a certain country. Oh and meanwhile you can't change jobs, accept promotions, start companies, buy a house, travel abroad and you have to renew your driver's license every year. How can an immigration system be so broken for so long? Pass this bill right now!"
    • On October 18, 2011, by eagle123 - Employment based green cards are based on employment, which is based on skill and talent. How is country of birth relevant? The existing system is unfair. It is not fair that a person from a non-backlogged country who is 10 years old today, can grow up and immigrate to this country and get their green cards before someone from a backlogged country who is already in the queue for the past 10 years as of today. This is a bill in the right direction. Country of birth should not be a factor in employment based green cards, which constitute only 14% of the overall green cards issued. This fix makes the system fair by ensuring that in employment based green cards, the person who applied first will get their green card before the person who applied after them. This is brilliant because it is able to reduce the backlogs without increasing any green cards. This bill will ensure that everyone will wait the same for employment GC regardless of where they are born. I support this bill.

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      As noted by eagle123, a user on OpenCongress.org, on October 18, 2011, "Employment based green cards are based on employment, which is based on skill and talent. How is country of birth relevant? The existing system is unfair. It is not fair that a person from a non-backlogged country who is 10 years old today, can grow up and immigrate to this country and get their green cards before someone from a backlogged country who is already in the queue for the past 10 years as of today. This is a bill in the right direction. Country of birth should not be a factor in employment based green cards, which constitute only 14% of the overall green cards issued. This fix makes the system fair by ensuring that in employment based green cards, the person who applied first will get their green card before the person who applied after them. This is brilliant because it is able to reduce the backlogs without increasing any green cards. This bill will ensure that everyone will wait the same for employment GC regardless of where they are born. I support this bill."

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • Senator Removes 'Hold' on Highly Skilled Immigrants Bill | New ... - July 31, 2012 by New World Staffing Inc. - Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Republican Chuck Grassley has lifted his hold on H.R. 3012, a bill that eliminates the per-country caps on immigrant work visas, and will presumably expand immigration for highly skilled ...

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      As noted by New World Staffing Inc. on July 31, 2012, "Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Republican Chuck Grassley has lifted his hold on H.R. 3012, a bill that eliminates the per-country caps on immigrant work visas, and will presumably expand immigration for highly skilled ..." (/url?q=http://newworldstaffing.org/blog/%3Fp%3D572&sa=U&ei=FBEYUPflHMit8AHdkYCgCA&ved=0CDgQmAEwBg&usg=AFQjCNFLzrL4bvhCJVoXK7BTSYnYbzFCPw)
    • SEN. "BIG GOVERNMENT" GRASSLEY - ILW.COM Blogs - July 24, 2012 by ChrisMusillo - Grassley (R-IA) has released his “hold” on HR 3012. HR 3012 has many components to it. It notably calls for an elimination of “per-country” immigrant visa (Green card) caps, which historically have limited the amount of ...

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      As noted by ChrisMusillo on July 24, 2012, "Grassley (R-IA) has released his “hold” on HR 3012. HR 3012 has many components to it. It notably calls for an elimination of “per-country” immigrant visa (Green card) caps, which historically have limited the amount of ..." (/url?q=http://blogs.ilw.com/nurse_immigration/2012/07/big-government-grassley.html&sa=U&ei=1HwQUJunIoLh0QHcxoHQDA&ved=0CFAQmAEwCw&usg=AFQjCNEhhGbDKI6lKzRPr02_hZl0xa5RwA)
    • SEN. "BIG GOVERNMENT" GRASSLEY - ILW.COM Blogs - July 24, 2012 by ChrisMusillo - Grassley (R-IA) has released his “hold” on HR 3012. HR 3012 has many components to it. It notably calls for an elimination of “per-country” immigrant visa (Green card) caps, which historically have limited the amount of ...

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      As noted by ChrisMusillo on July 24, 2012, "Grassley (R-IA) has released his “hold” on HR 3012. HR 3012 has many components to it. It notably calls for an elimination of “per-country” immigrant visa (Green card) caps, which historically have limited the amount of ..." (/url?q=http://blogs.ilw.com/nurse_immigration/2012/07/big-government-grassley.html&sa=U&ei=IygQUMneB4i09QSy0oGgAg&ved=0CEsQmAEwCg&usg=AFQjCNEgmzPvAhrttYCZLIl8xBpyUMeFUA)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • House bill would expand work visa program to include foreign entrepreneurs - July 31, 2012 by NJ.com - Their Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011 (H.R. 3012) won overwhelming approval in the House with a 389 to 15 vote. But the bill has yet to become a law because of gridlock in the Senate. “I have concerns about the impact of this ...

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      As noted by NJ.com on July 31, 2012, "Their Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011 (H.R. 3012) won overwhelming approval in the House with a 389 to 15 vote. But the bill has yet to become a law because of gridlock in the Senate. “I have concerns about the impact of this ..." (http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2012/07/house_bill_would_expand_work_v.html)
    • A Better Phase-In Plan For HR3012 - July 26, 2012 by ILW - As we mentioned in an earlier blog post this week, the viability of HR3012 hangs in the balance. Congress will work until August 4 and then take a month off. The legislative calendar has some openings in September, although many Senators and ...

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      As noted by ILW on July 26, 2012, "As we mentioned in an earlier blog post this week, the viability of HR3012 hangs in the balance. Congress will work until August 4 and then take a month off. The legislative calendar has some openings in September, although many Senators and ..." (http://www.ilw.com/articles/2012,0726-musillo.shtm)
    • High-Skilled Immigration Restrictions Are Economically Senseless - July 22, 2012 by Forbes - The Senators struck a deal to allow the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 3012) to move forward in the Senate. The bill would allocate employment-based green cards irrespective of national origin by eliminating country-specific limitations.

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      As noted by Forbes on July 22, 2012, "The Senators struck a deal to allow the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 3012) to move forward in the Senate. The bill would allocate employment-based green cards irrespective of national origin by eliminating country-specific limitations." (http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/07/22/high-skilled-immigration-restrictions-are-economically-senseless/)
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