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US bipartisan group introduce high-skilled immigration bill

  • By Mohammed Sheriff
  • Last update: 2 years ago
  • Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

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A bipartisan group of senators introduce a high-skilled immigration bill, the Immigration Innovation Act, which is expected to result in a significant increase in the number of H-1B visas available to skilled foreign-born workers.

The bill is likely to see the cap on H-1B visas to rise from 65,000 to 115,000. A "market-based H-1B escalator" is also going to be created, allowing for additional visas to be made available if the cap is hit early during a particular year.

Commenting on the H-1B reforms, Republican Senator and co-sponsor of the bill Orrin Hatch said that passing the measure is "very doable" and encouraged other members to support future reforms to immigration laws.

thehill.com - Bipartisan group of senators to introduce high-skilled immig

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