Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
Two versions of the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 have been introduced – one by the House of Representatives and one by the Senate. The House bill is gaining steam for passage. It now has 183 sponsors in the House. At this pace, this bill will likely be passed in the House (needing a majority vote of 218 out of 435). Meanwhile, the Senate bill currently has 20 sponsors. Such bills are typically considered by committees/sub-committees before a final version is sent to the full House/Senate for a vote. If a bill is approved by both the House and Senate, the bill will go to President Trump for signature.
It is difficult to predict whether either bill will ultimately become law. If either passes, the 7% per-country cap for employment-based immigrant visas will be eliminated, which would be extremely helpful to employment-based green card applicants born in India and China who currently wait years for their EB-2 or EB-3 priority date to become current before they can advance to the Adjustment of Status application.
ILG will continue to monitor this development and provide further updates as needed.