• Legal Issues: Senators Introduce Immigration Reform Bill

    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    May 1, 2013

    In mid-April, a bipartisan group of senators introduced an immigration reform bill that, among other changes, would raise the H-1B visa cap.

    Jackson Lewis LLC reports that among its many changes, the bill seeks to:

    • Raise the H-1B visa cap from 65,000 to 110,000, and amend the exemption for U.S. advanced degree holders from 20,000 to 25,000 for advanced degree graduates in the STEM disciplines. The bill allows for a cap increase of up to 180,000 if such a need is determined to exist.
    • Eliminate the immigrant visa backlog for family- and employment-based immigrants.
    • Exempt from the annual numerical immigrant visa limits extraordinary and outstanding immigrants, multinational managers and executives, certain physicians, and doctoral degree holders in any field.
    • Require all employers to begin using the E-Verify system over a five-year phase-in period.
    • Create a W-visa program for lower-skilled workers having foreign residence who will come to the United States to perform services or labor for registered employers.

Legal Issues: Senators Introduce Immigration Reform Bill