Sen. Paul Blocks Bill to Eliminate Per-Country Cap on Employment-Based Green Cards

The "Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019" (S. 386), a bill that would eliminate the 7 percent per-country cap (numerical limitation) on employment-based immigrants, among other things, was blocked in the Senate by Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who wants to amend the bill with an accommodation for EB-3 nurses. The legislation is expected to benefit primarily Indian and Chinese workers, who constitute the largest proportion of foreign H-1B skilled workers waiting for years in the green card backlog.

Other recent developments included the addition of provisions strengthening H-1B specialty occupation enforcement by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). As of press time, S. 386 had 34 bipartisan co-sponsors; the House version, H.R. 1044, which does not include the H-1B provisions, had 311.

Details: Senate version of the bill, http://src.bna.com/JDP; Text and history of the House version, https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr1044; news reports, https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/green-card-cap-legislation-remains-blocked-despite-h-1b-deal, https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900077471/mike-lee-kamala-harris-rand-paul-immigration-reform-bill-blocked.html