Update on Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
September 24, 2019
The U.S. Senate’s unanimous consent vote on S. 386, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019, did not pass last week due to an objection by Senator David Perdue (R-GA). Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), one of the bill’s sponsors, stated that he would work with Senator Perdue to resolve their differences. If this happens, the bill will likely be re-introduced for a vote, possibly this week.
Weaver Schlenger previously reported on this bill when it passed the House of Representatives in July. The bill, which seeks to eliminate the per-country limitation on employment-based immigrant visas, may in the short term provide a benefit to Indian and Chinese nationals who have been waiting for priority dates to become current but is likely to lead to much longer waits for all other immigrants.
Read here for more information on the impact of the bill in its current form.