Atlanta sources reported that 140 Republican members of Congress joined 224 Democrats to pass the bill that proposes to end the per-country cap on green cards. H.R. 1044, the Fairness for High skilled Immigrants Act introduced in February by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) will scrap the per-country limits on employment-based visas and implement a fair and equitable “first come, first served” system. The bill would also increase the per-country limit on family-based visas from 7 percent to 15 percent.
Rep. Lofgren, Chair of the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship said “In order for American industries to remain competitive and create more jobs, they must be able to recruit and retain the best talent in the world”.
Reportedly “This becomes increasingly difficult when workers from high-population countries must compete for the same limited number of visas as workers from low population countries. Our bipartisan bill would phase-in a visa system where the applicant’s nationality is irrelevant, providing relief to individuals who’ve waited patiently for a green card for years, if not decades, while they continue to work and contribute to our economy.”