Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 14, 2012
Immigration Voice, the national grassroots organization of legal, high-skilled immigrants, today lauded Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) for lifting his hold on the bill H.R. 3012, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. Senator Grassley removed his objection to the bill upon reaching a compromise with Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, to include in the bill increased authority to investigate possible fraud and abuse in the visa system.
“We are grateful that Senator Grassley, Senator Schumer and members of their staffs have worked so hard to find a compromise that would both phase out discriminatory country caps and provide the government with the increased ability to eliminate any abuse in the system," said Aman Kapoor, Co-Founder and President of Immigration Voice. "This legislation will provide relief to immigrants stuck in decades-long backlogs and provide a real boost to U.S. competitiveness by freeing the entrepreneurial potential of high-skilled immigrants. We urge the Senate to pass this important bill without delay."
The bill H.R. 3012, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last November in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 389 to 15, would phase out the limits on the numbers of employment-based green cards that can be given to immigrants from any one country. Current law limits any one country to 7% of employment-based permanent resident visas, causing enormous backlogs for legal immigrants from certain large countries that provide America with substantial numbers of skilled immigrants. Additionally, the bill adjusts upward the per country caps for family-based visas from 7% to 15%.
Find out more about Immigration Voice and the green card backlog at http://www.immigrationvoice.org.
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Immigration Voice is a national grass-roots organization of legal, high-skilled immigrants living in the United States. The group has almost 80,000 members across the country and represents the interests of the nearly one million skilled immigrants and their family members caught in the existing green card backlogs.