US Republican Senator John Cornyn has proposed legislation to increase the number of H-1B visas that are issued to foreigners who have graduated with a master's and doctoral degree from a US university.
Senator Cornyn, the senior Republican on a Senate panel
that oversees immigration, proposed a bill that would make an additional 55,000
visas available each year for graduates with master's and doctoral degrees from
Cornyn noted that the bill would not add to the overall
number of US visas available. The bill if enacted would mean the end of the
popular Green Card Lottery program. The 55,000 diversity visas from the Green Card lottery visa scheme
would instead be allocated to the H-1B visa scheme. Ending the popular Green
Card Lottery visa scheme could prove to be highly controversial.
argued that the decision to increase the number of H-1B visas to enable
foreign-born engineers, mathematicians, scientists and other with high-tech
skills to work in the US is important to US technology companies. He said his
bill would "bolster American competitiveness and provide a stronger foundation
for long-term economic growth and job creation" in the US.
"We have to
remember how this country was built. All of us are sons and daughters of
immigrants that showed up here and made our way. We've cut off that flow,"
Cornyn said, adding that the US currently has around 2 million unfilled
For now, it is unclear whether other Republicans in the
Senate would support Cornyn's proposed legislation.
Cornyn is also
looking at legislation that would help children of illegal immigrants who want
to attend US colleges or
serve in the US military. There are an estimated 1 to 2 million illegal
immigrant children currently living in the US.
US Citizenship &
Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, as of 11 May 2012, it has
already received 36,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions out of the 65,000 available
visas. Additionally, they have already received 14,800 H-1B visa petitions for
foreigners with US advanced degrees out of the 20,000 available visas. This
means that on 27 April 2012 there were only 28,300 visas left under the H-1B
regular visa cap and 5,200 for the H-1B visa advanced degree level visa
Therefore, if you are considering filing a cap-subject H-1B petition
as part of the FY2013 quota we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Once
the visa cap has been reached, USCIS will stop accepting H-1B petitions for FY
2013 and will not accept new applications until 1 April 2013. Even if you obtain
an H-1B visa now you will not be able to start work until 1 October
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