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The Department of State has just released the January 2012 Visa Bulletin. The January Visa Bulletin is the fourth Visa Bulletin of US Fiscal Year 2012.
This Visa Bulletin showed much improvement in the EB-2 categories. The China and India EB-2 numbers jumped 10 months to January 2009. The EB-3 categories had much more modest gains -- a few weeks in all instances.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has temporarily blocked the Senate from passing HR 3012, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. The companion Senate bill was introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). It is labeled S. 1857.
HR 3012/S 1857 seeks to eliminate per-country caps on employment-sponsored green cards. Sen. Grassley has held the bill because "it does nothing to better protect Americans."
Sen. Grassley has long sought major changes in the H-1B rules. He has not specified what changes he is seeking in HR 3012/S 1857. It does not seem likely that the Senator would allow any amendment to increase visa numbers or provide for a faster-track Schedule A visa process.