What is the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act?

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (the Act) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by a bipartisan group of representatives, as has a companion bill in the Senate. Essentially, the Act would eliminate the per-country limit for employment-based immigrant visas and increase the per-country limit from 7% to 15% for family-based immigrant visas. However, the Act makes no changes the number of family or employment-based green cards issued each year. There will be a transitional period from the current standards to reach those in the Act. For instance, in FY 2020, 15% of the immigrant visas in the EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5 only would be for beneficiaries from countries that are not one of the two states with the largest total amount of approved visa beneficiaries. This number would decrease to 10% in FY 2021 and 2022.   What is the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act? One of the overall goals of the Act is to create a “first come,…

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