The “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019” (S. 386), a bill that would eliminate the 7 percent per-country cap (numerical limitation) on employment-based immigrants, among other things, was blocked in the Senate by Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who wants to amend the bill with an accommodation for EB-3 nurses. The legislation is expected to benefit primarily Indian and Chinese workers, who constitute the largest proportion of foreign H-1B skilled workers waiting for years in the green card backlog.

Other recent developments included the addition of provisions strengthening H-1B specialty occupation enforcement by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). As of press time, S. 386 had 34 bipartisan co-sponsors; the House version, H.R. 1044, which does not include the H-1B provisions, had 311.

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