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Bill: New immigration bill introduced by Raja Krishnamurthy seeks to clear green card backlog – Usky News

recently Bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives by Raja Krishnamurthy (Democrat-Illinois) and Larry Buchshon (Republican-Indiana), working in the US to ensure that the United States is properly using the employment-based visas currently allocated each year under existing federal immigration law It is being welcomed by thousands of Indians.
According to a press release issued from Congress member Krishnamurthy’s office last week, the Eliminating Backlog Act of 2023 will give employers more flexibility to use existing allotted work visas, which is desperately needed.
As is well known, Indians working in the US on temporary work permits such as H-1B face the longest delay in obtaining employment-based permanent residency visas or green cards due to per-country limits. If passed, the Act to eliminate the backlog would greatly benefit Indians working in the US.
“Even as our nation’s high-skilled immigration system helps us attract top talent from around the world, current law reduces the number of employment-based visas available based on workers’ country of origin, by the thousands. Except for visas which would otherwise help our economy go untapped. , I am proud to partner with Congressman Buchshon on this legislation to end country-based discrimination in high-skill immigration. We can attract skilled workers from around the world to help strengthen our economy and create jobs. While we also continue to use each allotted visa to do To invest in our domestic workforce,” said Congressman Krishnamurthy.
“Under current federal immigration law, a certain number of visas are allocated annually for skilled workers, such as doctors and engineers, to ensure that our workforce can meet the demands of our economy in Indiana and across the country. Unfortunately, despite the critical need for more skilled workers across our country, bureaucratic policies and delays have kept thousands of these visas from being used. I am proud to work with my colleague, Representative Krishnamurthy, to eliminate this backlog. to introduce a bill to help and ensure that visas allocated under existing federal immigration law can be used appropriately. This would help support an immigration system that encourages legal applicants and rewards and boosts our economy,” Buchshon said.
Even though this new bill will benefit Indians in a big way; It is likely that there will be many obstacles in the way of passage by the House of Representatives and the Senate.
In fact, another recent bill, the Equal Access to Green Cards for Legal Employment Act of 2022 or Eagle Act The 2022 proposal suffered a major setback after proceedings on it were adjourned in the US House in December 2022.
The Eagle Act, introduced in the House in 2021 by Representative Zoe Lofgren (Democrat, Canada); Also addressed requirements relating to employment-based visas and related issues.
The bill’s provisions increase the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7% to 15% of the total number of such visas available that year, and eliminate the per-country cap for employment-based immigrant visas.
The Eagle Act also establishes transition rules for employment-based visas or green cards such as reserving a percentage of EB-2 (workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability) and EB-3 (skilled and other workers) visas for individuals who Which is neither of the two. The country with the largest number of recipients of such visas, and allocating multiple visas for professional nurses and physical therapists.
The bill also allows some aliens to obtain lawful permanent resident status if the alien is in the United States as a nonimmigrant; An immigrant visa petition is approved, and has waited at least two years for the visa. If all these provisions are passed, it will be a big relief for the waiting Indians. green card Queue.
“Each year Congress allows a set number of foreign nationals with specific skills and training to come to the United States to work. This helps ensure that American businesses have access to the skilled labor force they need to succeed. access. Each nation is capped at receiving only seven percent of the employment-based slots allocated in any given year. Because of this per-country limit and bureaucratic delays, US immigration officials will issue approximately 9,100 employment-based visas in FY2020 and failed to use more than 66,000 in FY2021,” Congressman Krishnamurthy, who has long been a champion of reforming the immigration system for high-skilled immigrants, said in a press release last week against the backdrop of the new Eliminating Backlog Act. Told as
In October 2021, he supported the Build Back Better Act (HR 5376), which addressed the issues green card backlog, The draft bill included comprehensive high-skilled immigration reform. He was also the original sponsor of the EAGLE Act and, along with Representatives Cathy Manning and Deborah Ross, led 40 members of Congress in sending a letter to then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer calling for employment-based were important. Green card backlog in the Build Back Better Act.
Congressman Krishnamurthy then said, “I am pleased that the Build Back Better Act legislation released last night in the US House of Representatives will finally provide relief for the more than 1.2 million high-skilled workers stuck in the employment-based Green Card backlog.” “Democrats have heard these workers’ heartbreaking stories of decades-long green card queues and children forced into self-deportation, and are taking action now.”
The draft Build Back Better Act contained provisions to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act Registry cut-off date to allow persons who entered the US before January 1, 2010 to apply for a green card; reclaiming unused family-sponsored and employment-based green cards since 1992; Allow persons with approved immigrant petitions to file for adjustment of status early upon payment of a fee; and exemption from numerical limits on visas for additional fees to family-sponsored and employment-based applicants.
Portions of the Build Back Better Act legislation were later passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate but did not include provisions for immigration reform.


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