CIR Bill: What You Need to Know

CIR bill In this video, Immigration Attorney Carl Shusterman explains the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, entitled The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (Library of Congress) (S.744). The CIR bill includes a proposed pathway to citizenship, an expanded and improved employment-based preference system, an altered family-based system, expansion of the H-1B category, changes to temporary visas, mandatory E-verify, improvements in the asylum and Immigration Court system, and much more.

The CIR bill will need to pass both the Senate and the House before it can be signed into law by the President. While the Senate’s Gang of Eight has a wide base of support including from both parties, the tech industry, labor groups, and religious groups, several obstacles remain before it is likely the the bill will be approved by Congress. To get our latest updates, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on our social media sites.

Over 300 amendments have been proposed to the CIR bill, some of which are helpful, others which are only meant to try to block passage of the legislation.  The Senate Judiciary Committee will spend most of the month of May 2013 considering and voting on each of these amendments.  After the Judiciary Committee completes its work, the members of the Committee will vote on the revised bill, and then the full Senate will consider the CIR bill.


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For more information, please see our Immigration Reform page or schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. You may also wish to visit our Immigration in the Media page to read relevant news stories on the CIR bill and our Immigration Legislation page to stay up-to-date on other legislative proposals.

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