Bill that seeks to lift green card cap amended to protect US workers

Category : USA News
Updated On : June 19, 2019 02:07 AM
By Indian Times Daily

In an attempt to strike a balance between those standing in queue for decades for employment-based green cards (owing to the per country caps) and the need to protect American workers, a bill - 'The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act (S.386)', has been recently amended by Republican Senator Mike Lee.

The amendments are being seen as a bid to facilitate its passage. To provide more protection to American workers, it requires that the employer sponsoring H-1B workers must disclose online (for at least 30 days) various details of the job on offer, such as occupation or job position, education and experience requirements, location and also how to apply for this job.

A filing fee is also sought to be introduced for Labour Condition Applications (LCA), which is an attestation-based requirement that has to be met by sponsoring employers prior to filing of H-1B visa applications.

This bill was originally introduced in the US Senate on February 7. It sought to remove the per country cap on employment-based green cards and shorten the wait time for the vast majority of applications in the backlog. US issues 1.40 lakh employment-based green cards annually.

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