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US Senate Passes Bill Eliminating Per-Country Cap For Employment-Based Immigrant Visas

December 04, 2020 11:25 AM

Washington, December 3 2020
The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill that eliminates the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrant visas and raises it for family-based visas, a legislation that will hugely benefit hundreds of thousands of Indian professionals in America who have been waiting for years to get their green cards.

The passage of the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act by the Senate on Wednesday comes as a big relief to Indian IT professionals who come to the US on H-1B work visas and their current waiting period for Green Card or permanent residency is running into decades.

Originally passed by the US House of Representatives on July 10, 2019 by a bipartisan 365 to 65 votes, the legislation increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from seven per cent of the total number of such visas available that year to 15 per cent. It was sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Lee from Utah in the Senate.

In fiscal year 2019, Indian nationals received 9, 008 category 1 (EB1), 2, 908 category 2 (EB2), and 5, 083 category 3 (EB3) Green Cards. EB1-3 are different categories of employment-based Green Cards.

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