Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act

Many of you seeking a green card based on your employment and your professional skills contacted me over the past few months asking about the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act” that had passed the House in July 2019 and the Senate in 2020. These bills were intended to eliminate per-country limitations, and may have been beneficial to applicants from countries with high rates of employment-based immigration to the US, and detrimental to the everyone else. However, since the House and Senate bills were not reconciled by the end of the 116th Congress, they are now dead. To be considered again, this legislation will have to be reintroduced in the new Congress, passed by the House and Senate, have any differences reconciled, and be signed by the president. President-Elect Biden has expressed a commitment to working with Congress to address long backlogs and eliminate the limits on employment-based visas by country, but it will likely be in a different form than the bills introduced during the previous administration. In short, for now, there will be no changes to the per-country limitations in the near future, and the details of a future bill will only become clear when the Congress decides to approach this issue at a later date.

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