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Old May 5th, 2006, 01:25 PM
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New Bill Introduced for Immigration Reform

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While Congress is bogged down debating far-reaching and controversial immigration reform, a new bill proposing to raise the ceiling on the number of H-1B visas issued annually to technology and related professionals was introduced into the Senate on Tuesday.
The new "Securing Knowledge, Innovation and Leadership" legislation, dubbed the Skil Bill, has many of the same provisions proposed in other legislation being debated by Congress, including immigration reform bills introduced earlier this year by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Penn.).

But unlike those other bills that are part of more comprehensive immigration reform packages, the Skil Bill, introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex.) is more narrowly focused on issues related to raising the annual H-1B visa cap and streamlining processes related to so-called EB green cards, or permanent residency.

"This new bill helps set free the H-1B issues from the other immigration reform issues that might have less chance of moving forward," says a spokesman from Compete America, a lobby group that represents about 200 businesses, universities, and trade associations and supports the new legislation.

Among the recommendations of the Skil Bill is an exemption from the annual H-1B cap for any professional who has earned a post-graduate degree from an accredited U.S. university.

Currently, the annual cap on H-1B visas is 65,000. The bill proposes to raise the ceiling to 115,000, with options to increase the cap annually by 20% based on the needs of employers. The United States received the maximum number of allowable petitions for H-1B visas in fiscal 2006 six weeks before the fiscal year even began.

The Cornyn bill also proposes allowing employers to pay a premium fee to expedite the processing of an immigrant petition and provides for a "precertification system" to streamline the processing of certain nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions.

The Skil Bill was co-sponsored by Senators George Allen (R-Va.), Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Bob Bennett (R-Utah), and Trent Lott (R-Miss.).

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Re: New Bill Introduced for Immigration Reform

What are the proposed changes in the current H-1B law?
Answer: The proposed changes are the following:
1. Raise the H-1B cap from 65,000 to 115,000;
2. Create an uncapped exemption for professionals who have earned a U.S. master's or higher degree and those have been awarded a medical specialty certification based on post-doctoral U.S. training and experience;
3. Modify the existing 20,000 cap exemption to apply to those with a master's or higher degree from an institution of higher education in a foreign country.

What are the proposed changes in the current Employment Based (EB) Immigrant Visa law?Answer: The following are the proposed changes:
1. Raise the number of visa from 140,000 to 290,000 visas a year and allow unused visas to fall forward annually while recapturing unused visas from previous fiscal years 2001-2005;
2. Retain current green card allocation so that the majority of visas go to highly-educated and skilled workers;
3. Exempt from the EB cap professionals who have earned a U.S. master's or higher degree and those awarded a medical specialty certification based on post-doctoral U.S. training and experience;
4. Exempt from the cap those who have earned a science, technology, engineering or math master's or higher degree who have worked 3 years in the US;
5. Exempt professionals of extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher and professors as well as those who hold a national interest waiver;
6. Exempt those who will perform labor in shortage occupations designated by the Secretary of Labor for blanket certification as lacking sufficient U.S. workers able, willing, qualified and available for such occupation if the employment does not adversely affect conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers;
7. Exempt spouse and minor children of employment-based professionals from the visa being counted against the cap;
8. Provide special handling labor certification to those who hold a U.S. master's or higher degree and medical specialty certifications based on post-doctoral U.S. training and experience


What are the proposed changes in the Student visa law?Answer: The proposed changes are as follows:
1. Create a new F-1 visa to enable employers to start the green card process while the worker is on a U.S. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) bachelor's or higher degree during optional practical training after graduation;
2. Extend optional practical training to 24 months;
3. Elimination of the presumption of immigrant intent and the foreign residency requirement.
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