- Posted May 2, 2012 by
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Fairness for High-Skilled Legal Immigrants
H.R. 3012 - Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act:
This bill passed the US House of Representatives on Nov 29th with 96% support (Final vote tally was 389-15) and is now pending action in the Senate. The vote was a bi-partisan expression of support for an issue that is long overdue and needs congressional action immediately.
The bill does not increase the number of immigrants in the United States. It only creates a technical fix by making the system first-come first-serve. Currently, the system allocates green cards each year by limiting green card numbers on a per-country basis. This causes individuals from two different countries to wait at different times even when they have same type of job and same qualifications. Employment based immigration was designed and created in order to facilitate employers who want to be competitive in a global economy and recruit foreign workers when no US citizens are willing, qualified or available to fill certain positions. The goals of employment based immigration are purely economical. On the other hand, the per-country quota aims to establish and preserve diversity. And therefore the per-country quota makes sense for family based immigration. However, for employment based immigration, the system must work in a first-come first-serve basis.
This bill was kept on hold and is being sidelined by Senate. When leaders talk about making illegal immigrants legal, why don't they talk about suffering legal immigrants because of serious backlogs in Green Card processing and the current immigration policy.