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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

SEN. HATCH OFFERING BILL TO INCREASE H-1B CAP

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by Chris Musillo

Computerworld is reporting that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is preparing an H-1B bill, which could raise the H-1B cap as high as 195,000 visas. The current H-1B cap ceiling is 85,000, of which 20,000 are reserved for graduates of at least a US Master’s degree program.

Sen. Hatch’s bill
reportedly is an update of his 2015 I-Squared Bill. The I-Squared bill was first offered in 2013. The 2015 bill contained many excellent provisions for the IT industry and H-1B employers. It remains to be seen which of these provisions will be in the 2017 version of the bill. Sen. Hatch is to be applauded for his long-standing belief in the employment-based immigration system and the contributions made by employment-based visa holders.

The 2015 bill included these provisions:

-provided H-4 spousal work authorization.
-reduced the ability of the USCIS to issue harassing H-1B RFEs.
-gave an H-1B worker a 60 day grace period at the conclusion of H-1B status.
-allowed H-1B, L-1, O-1, E-1, E-2, and P-1 visa holders the ability to have their visas extended in the US.
-increased green card numbers.
-eliminated the per-country immigrant visa quota.
-created funding for US training programs in STEM fields by increasing USCIS filing fees.


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Updated 02-17-2017 at 11:59 AM by CMusillo

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Great idea! What will Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions be whispering in Trump's ear about this one?

    The chances of getting such a bill signed are even less than the almost zero chance of getting it passed in this Republican-controlled Congress.

    And why are the Democrats so weak on impeaching Trump? Are they going to wait until he proclaims the entire Democratic party an "Enemy of the People" and starts arresting everyone who voted for Hillary Clinton?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
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