The passage of the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 10, eliminating the country-wise caps on employment-based immigrant visas, a long-standing demand of Indian-Americans, may have cheered many, but not all the roadblocks for it to become a law seem to have been cleared so far.
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In what is expected to bring cheers to hundreds of thousands of high-skilled Indian-Americans waiting for ages for the elusive permanent residency, primarily due to delay in allocation of green cards based on annual per country quota, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the law — the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 — on July 10 eliminating the country-wise caps on employment-based immigrant visas.
Amid the federal government’s final push to strip work authorization from an estimated 100,000 spouses of foreign workers on H-4 visa, a significant number of whom are Indian-American women, two influential California lawmakers have re-introduced a legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to protect their work permit.
In what may bring some solace to the spouses of high-tech workers from India and elsewhere, two lawmakers on Capitol Hill have introduced legislation prohibiting the Trump administration from revoking an Obama-era rule that extends work authorization to spouses of H-1B visa holders.