Comprehensive Immigration Reform is heating up. The Gang of Eight published a bill in April that is the first significant step in immigration legislation. MU Law has been to Washington to discuss the bill with Congressional staff.
The bill is 850+ pages and will be amended many times before it ever come up for a vote. While the final version is still a work in progress and it is still an open question as to whether CIR will ever pass, several things are becoming clear. If CIR becomes law it will have these characteristics.
Greater H-1B visa numbers. Current law allows 65,000 new “regular” H-1B visa approvals every fiscal year and an additional 20,000 for graduates of American Master’s degree programs. American businesses have regularly asked Congress to raise this H-1B quota. Congress is hearing the call. Most potential legislation calls for increased H-1B numbers.
Increased H-1B Enforcement. The trade-off for the greater H-1B numbers is greater enforcement regulation. All versions of CIR step up funding for H-1B enforcement.
Special Third Party Placement Rules for H-1B Employers. Since January 2012, USCIS has held staffing ...