05.13.08

Proposed Legislations are welcome

Posted in Changes in Law at 7:07 pm by Lalita Haran

On 4/23/08 Representatives, Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced a Bill relating to immigration. (H.R. 5882). The Bill seeks to recapture the employment based as well as family based green cards that were authorized by the Congress in the past but were not used because of government processing delays.

On 4/29/08, another bill was introduced by Representative Lofgren (D-CA) that would eliminate the per country level for employment-based immigrants and to end the spill-over of unused immigrant visa numbers between employment-based and family-sponsored categories. (H.R. 5921).

On 4/29/2008, Representative Robert Wexler (D-FL) introduced a Bill that would provide relief for the shortage of nurses in the United States. (H.R. 5924).

In 1990 the Congress set the quota for the employment based green cards at 140,000. These numbers include not only the sponsored foreign workers but also their accompanying immediate family members. Which means U.S. employers could sponsor approximately only 50,000 to 60,000 workers per year. The quota for the family based green cards is set at 226,000 far too few to meet the demand.

The quotas allowed for the employment and family based green cards in any given year, if not exhausted during the fiscal year are wasted, often due to government processing delays. At present, there is no legal provision to carry forward these unused green card numbers.

While several professionals wait five to ten years to get their green cards; the family based green card applicants face decades of waiting preventing family members from reuniting with their relatives in a timely way. H.R. 5882 seeks to recapture the unused green cards for the use of the U.S. employers to hire highly educated foreign workers and to reunite families with their relatives in U.S. and provides the easy and welcome temporary relief from the shortage.