Summary of Senate Bi-Partisan Bill of “Immigration Innovation Act of 2013″ with Nick Name of “I-Squared Act of 2013″.

Introduced by ORRIN HATCH (R-UTAH), AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-MINN.), MARCO RUBIO (R-FLA.), CHRIS COONS (D-DEL.).

  • Employment-Based Nonimmigrant H-1B Visas
    • Increase H-1B cap from 65,000 to 115,000
    • Establish a market-based H-1B escalator, so that the cap can adjust ¡V up or down ¡V to the demands of the economy (includes a 300,000 ceiling on the ability of the escalator to move)
      o If the cap is hit in the first 45 days when petitions may be filed, an additional 20,000 H-1B visas will be made available immediately.
      o If the cap is hit in the first 60 days when petitions may be filed, an additional 15,000 H-1B visas will be made available immediately.
      o If the cap is hit in the first 90 days when petitions may be filed, an additional 10,000 H-1B visas will be made available immediately.
      o If the cap is hit during the 185-day period ending on the 275th day on which petitions may be filed, and additional 5,000 H-1B will be made available immediately.
    • Uncap the existing U.S. advanced degree exemption (currently limited to 20,000 per year)
    • Authorize employment for dependent spouses of H-1B visa holder
    • Increase portability of high skilled foreign workers by:
      o Removing impediments and costs of changing employers;
      o Establishing a clear transition period for foreign workers as they change jobs; and,
      o Restoring visa revalidation for E, H, L, O, and P nonimmigrant visa categories
  • Student Visas
    • Allow dual intent for foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities to provide the certainty they need to ensure their future in the United States
  • Immigrant Visas and Green Cards
    • Enable the recapture of green card numbers that were approved by Congress in previous years but were not used
    • Exempt certain categories of persons from the employment-based green card cap:
      o Dependents of employment-based immigrant visa recipients
      o U.S. STEM advance degree holders
      o Persons with extraordinary ability
      o Outstanding professors and researchers
    • Provide for the roll-over of unused employment-based immigrant visa numbers to the following fiscal year so future visas are not lost due to bureaucratic delays
    • Eliminate annual per-country limits for employment based visa petitioners
  • U.S. STEM Education & Worker Retraining Initiative
    • Reform fees on H-1B visas and employment-based green cards; use money from these fees to fund a grant program to promote STEM education and worker retraining to be administered by the states

     

This is just a bill. With Comprehensive Immigration Reform proposal and President Obama’s push to pass CIR this year makes this bill an important part of Legal Immigration Reform in USA.

Stay tuned for more details and updates on Immigration Reform bills.

 

Comments

  1. This bill continues the egregious abuse of indigenous American talent. It’s an outrage foisted on American workers by corporations who want to save money, deal with more docile workers.

    Guess where many of the H1-B workers who were put out of work in the early 2000′s (dotcom crash) are now? They’re in tech recruitment, hiring those who are most familiar to them.

    This Bill is dead in the water, and it’s not only dead in the water, we are going to start making revelations about just what is going on in these tech firms, as many of those H1-B’s who are promoted to management actively discriminate against indigenous American workers, and treat those from their own country with the disdain they normally get from management in their home countries, where worker protections are weak.

    This bill is an outrage, with the final irony that fees from the increased quota will go for “retraining”. Retraining who? American workers that are displaced by cheap, docile foreign labor, that’s who!

    I have nothing against the foreign workers; they are just trying to better themselves. The wrongdoing here is corporate American senior officers and policy makers, who have betrayed their domestic workers. Shame!

  2. more toxic legislation that will only serve to replace American tax payers in favor of low/no-skilled wage-depressing workers from india, courtesy of the H1b Visa, aka the Outsourcing Visa. Horrible bill, petition your representatives to kill this bill right now. STEM jobs are for American tax payers first, enough with Corporate welfare in the form of replacement workers. STOP H1B NOW!!!

  3. I was wondering how this will affect ROW. When people think of H1B workers, they assume it’s only IT Indian workers but there are many other people waiting. This may drastically change their priority dates. Same with the change in family-sponsored GC numbers.

    Anyway, I’m glad for H4 holders. Even illegal immigrants can work and have a path to GC now.

  4. This is sign of good times coming for Indian students in USA.

    1) Enable the recapture of green card numbers that were approved by Congress in previous years but were not used
    2) Exempt certain categories of persons from the employment-based green card cap:
    >Dependents of employment-based immigrant visa recipients >U.S. STEM advance degree holders
    >Eliminate annual per-country limits for employment based visa petitioners

    Plus increase in H-1B Visas.
    All these factors will reduce Green card waiting time and increase the rush of Indians to USA.
    Happy Days are here again!!!!!

    • Keep dreaming poojoo. It’s never going to pass. You cannot stop the will of the American people. You’ve done enough damage to the US with your fraud so now go home and fix your own country. I hear there’s a big demand for toilet factories.

  5. its really an adventerous Act, will completely overhaul entire immigration system! hope BO would be able to pass it soon!

  6. RULES? How about all the Indian TEMPORARY guest workers who were supposed to go home in 2002 but are still here? How about those rules. The US immigration system is working PERFECTLY – keeping non-performers like Indians out when they cause damage and putting Americans who built the country back to work. The only people it’s not “working” for are the Indian frauds who are trying to break down the doors to get in.

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