The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed an amended version of a bill that proposes significant changes to the U.S. Green Card system, including elimination of per-country cap for employment-based Green Cards, and increasing the per-country cap on family-based Green Cards. While the bill does not increase the number of employment-based immigrant visas that become available each year, removal of per-country limit would reduce the wait times for employment-based Green Cards for immigrants from countries like India and China that have significant backlogs in employment-based immigrant visa categories.
The version of the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act” that the Senate has passed is different from what the U.S. House of Representatives had passed earlier. The two bills will now have to be reconciled, and the reconciled version must pass both houses again, before it can be sent to the President for assent. We will continue to provide updates on the progress of the bill.
If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for an immigrant visa, or need help filing for a U.S. Green Card, contact VisaPro Law Firm today. Our experienced immigration attorneys will be happy to assist you.