Immigration Legislation Breaking News – On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed S.386, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, by unanimous consent.
S.386 would eliminate per-country caps for employment-based green cards and raise the per-country cap on family-based green cards from 7% to 15%. The Senate version of S.386 also contains the following provisions which defferentiate it from the House version of the bill (H.R. 1044) which passed in 2019:
1. In years 1 through 9 after the bill becomes a law, no more than 70% of the green cards can go to H-1B visa holders and their dependents;
2. Starting in year number 10, no more than 50% of the green cards can go to H-1B visa holders & their dependents; and
3. No Chinese national affiliated with the Chinese Military or Chinese Communist Party can enter the U.S. or adjust their status, under any category. (IMHO, comparable to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882!)
Bear in mind that for this bill to be enacted into law, both the Senate and the House of Representatives would need to pass a compromise bill, and that bill would have to be signed into law by President Trump.
Congress has failed to pass significant immigration legislation during past two decades.
Some of the bills passed by Congress have benefited or penalized many immigrants while private bills have been introduced to benefit one immigrant or one family of immigrants.
This page links to the complete text of pending immigration bills introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives. It also links to videos and the text of witness testimony before Congressional Committees and Subcommittees regarding immigration. Whether you are interested in Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the Secure Borders Act, the DREAM Act, the AgJobs bill, the Domestic Partners bill or any other piece of immigration legislation, this is a good place to begin your research.
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- Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 (H.R. 4760) – Introduced January 10, 2018
- AILA Opposes Scheduled Immigration Bills Before Judiciary Committee (5-18-17)
- RAISE Act of 2017 (S. 354) – Introduced February 13, 2017
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HOW TO FIND LEGISLATION, REGULATIONS, REPORTS, ETC.
- The Immigration and Nationality Act (USCIS)
- Public Laws Amending the INA (USCIS)
The following information may be useful in conducting your search:
8 C.F.R. Citizenship and Immigration Service
20 C.F.R. Department of Labor (Employment and Training Administration
22 C.F.R. Department of State
29 C.F.R. Department of Labor (Employment Standards Administration)
42 C.F.R. Public Health Service
- USCIS Interpretations
- The Federal Register (Daily listing of Federal Regulations)
- USCIS Federal Register Announcements
- Search the United States Code (Titles 1 – 50)
- How A Bill Becomes A Law
- Congressional Immigration Hearings (1923-2006) – Library of Congress
- Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
- GAO Report: Action Needed to Address Risks and Strengthen Overstay Enforcement (12-7-11)
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