Senator Paul Blocks Bill to Eliminate Per-Country Cap on Employment-Based Green Cards

July 10, 2019

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.

Blocked stampThe “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019” (S. 386), a bill that would eliminate the 7 percent per-country cap (numerical limitation) on employment-based immigrants, among other things, was blocked in the Senate by Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who wants to amend the bill with an accommodation for EB-3 nurses. The legislation is expected to benefit primarily Indian and Chinese workers, who constitute the largest proportion of foreign H-1B skilled workers waiting for years in the green card backlog.

Other recent developments included the addition of provisions strengthening H-1B specialty occupation enforcement by Senators. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). As of press time, S. 386 had 34 bipartisan co-sponsors; the House version, H.R. 1044, which does not include the H-1B provisions, had 311.

For more information read the Bloomberg Law article, “Green Card Cap Legislation Remains Blocked Despite H-1B Deal” and the Deseret News article, “Conservative Senator Blocks Mike Lee-Kamala Harris Immigration Reform Bill.”