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S.1857 Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, 112th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Nov 10, 2011 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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  • 89% of users support S.1857

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    • On November 11, 2011, by rahulkimmi - 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.

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      As noted by rahulkimmi, a user on OpenCongress.org, on November 11, 2011, "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."
    • On November 19, 2011, by aemmanuel - 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.

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      As noted by aemmanuel, a user on OpenCongress.org, on November 19, 2011, "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. "
    • On November 14, 2011, by bumba2001 - 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.

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      As noted by bumba2001, a user on OpenCongress.org, on November 14, 2011, "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."

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • Name interchanged in Indian passport - Immigration Voice - February 19, 2012 by jayeshksm - Letters to three newspapers in support of HR 3012. Letters to Congressman in VA in support of HR 3012. Letters to VA Senators in support of S. 1866 and S. 1857. Opinion posted on PopVox in support of HR 3012, S. 1866 and S. 1857 ...

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      As noted by jayeshksm on February 19, 2012, "Letters to three newspapers in support of HR 3012. Letters to Congressman in VA in support of HR 3012. Letters to VA Senators in support of S. 1866 and S. 1857. Opinion posted on PopVox in support of HR 3012, S. 1866 and S. 1857 ..." (/url?q=http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/forum2-retrogression-priority-dates-and-visa-bulletins/2803790-name-interchanged-in-indian-passport.html&sa=U&ei=UD1CT-2mHuPo2gW6zcWcCA&ved=0CCoQmAEwAw&usg=AFQjCNG06_if0kltLiiMM78uBBW9Dzg9nA)
    • HR 3012 Read second time in Senate. - Immigration Voice - January 24, 2012 by bhoova - Letters to three newspapers in support of HR 3012. Letters to Congressman in VA in support of HR 3012. Letters to VA Senators in support of S. 1866 and S. 1857. Opinion posted on PopVox in support of HR 3012, S. 1866 ...

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      As noted by bhoova on January 24, 2012, "Letters to three newspapers in support of HR 3012. Letters to Congressman in VA in support of HR 3012. Letters to VA Senators in support of S. 1866 and S. 1857. Opinion posted on PopVox in support of HR 3012, S. 1866 ..." (/url?q=http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/forum16-iv-agenda-and-legislative-updates/2737406-hr-3012-read-second-time-in-senate.html&sa=U&ei=8y4lT5SZN4qEsALHz9yMAg&ved=0CEMQmAEwCQ&usg=AFQjCNHSpNyrqA1jGd8HvUy-lqrzHxGD-g)
    • HR 3012 Read second time in Senate. - Immigration Voice - January 24, 2012 by bhoova - Letters to three newspapers in support of HR 3012. Letters to Congressman in VA in support of HR 3012. Letters to VA Senators in support of S. 1866 and S. 1857. Opinion posted on PopVox in support of HR 3012, S. 1866 ...

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      As noted by bhoova on January 24, 2012, "Letters to three newspapers in support of HR 3012. Letters to Congressman in VA in support of HR 3012. Letters to VA Senators in support of S. 1866 and S. 1857. Opinion posted on PopVox in support of HR 3012, S. 1866 ..." (/url?q=http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/forum16-iv-agenda-and-legislative-updates/2737406-hr-3012-read-second-time-in-senate.html&sa=U&ei=Z98jT-jMCOODsgLHvNiMAg&ved=0CD8QmAEwCA&usg=AFQjCNEOGGLCnKiBFXoqtIOA4RdYbs1noQ)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Credit Suisse (Eur) Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - Xstrata Plc - July 20, 2012 by Bloomberg - Credit Suisse (Eur) - Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - Xstrata Plc RNS Number : 1621I Credit Suisse Securities (Eur) Ltd 20 July 2012   FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI)   PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITHOUT ...

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      As noted by Bloomberg on July 20, 2012, "Credit Suisse (Eur) - Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - Xstrata Plc RNS Number : 1621I Credit Suisse Securities (Eur) Ltd 20 July 2012   FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI)   PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITHOUT ..." (http://www.bloomberg.com/article/2012-07-20/admiQWzypIZk.html)
    • UAHuntsville professor explains logic behind healthcare ruling, shares top five Supreme Court decisions - July 20, 2012 by medicalxpress.com - They are: • Dred Scott vs. Sandford — Just before the Civil War, the Supreme Court's 1857 Dred Scott decision said that "persons of African descent" were not citizens under the federal constitution and had no standing to sue to gain their freedom.

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      As noted by medicalxpress.com on July 20, 2012, "They are: • Dred Scott vs. Sandford — Just before the Civil War, the Supreme Court's 1857 Dred Scott decision said that "persons of African descent" were not citizens under the federal constitution and had no standing to sue to gain their freedom." (http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-07-uahuntsville-professor-logic-healthcare-supreme.html)
    • Theater review: Cheer for the bad guy 'For the Greater Good' - July 13, 2012 by Marin Independent Journal - The basic plot and most of the characters are lifted from an actual melodrama, Dion Boucicault's 1857 play "The Poor of New York," only with its mustache-twirling villains turned to self-styled heroes of the economy. his investors' money on ...

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      As noted by Marin Independent Journal on July 13, 2012, "The basic plot and most of the characters are lifted from an actual melodrama, Dion Boucicault's 1857 play "The Poor of New York," only with its mustache-twirling villains turned to self-styled heroes of the economy. his investors' money on ..." (http://www.marinij.com/lifestyles/ci_21038933)
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