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Senate CIR Outline Released

by Chris Musillo

An Outline of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and
Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, which is the Senate’s "Gang of
Eight" bill, has been released.  MU Law has posted a copy of the
17-page Outline on our
Doc Stoc page

It is important to recognize
that this is just an Outline.  Several of the Outline's bullet points are
inconsistent and outright contradictory with other bullet points.  It is
also important to note that the bill is far from becoming law.  The Senate
will have hearings to amend the bill throughout April and May. 

If the bill passes the Senate
Judiciary Committee and the Senate as a whole, a separate Comprehensive
Immigration Reform bill will be announced in the House of
Representatives.  The House bill will also have to pass that chamber and
then be remedied with the Senate bill.  Only then will it be presented to
President Obama for signature.  The key take-away is that this bill is
still many steps from becoming law. 

Keeping in mind that the
final CIR may look different than this one, this MU Law Visa Advisor only highlights several
key items that will be of interest to our clients and friends.  Also,
although the 17-page Oultine includes sections on Border Protection and
Undocumented Worker Legalization we have not summarized these areas of the law
in this MU Law Visa Advisor
since they are of lesser interest to our clients and friends.  

Here is the brief MU Law
Summary of the Senate's CIR bill:


The Senate CIR bill calls for an immediate elimination of retrogression for currently-pending
green card applications.  If this provision is true as listed in the
Summary hundreds of thousands of long-delayed EB-2 and EB-3 applications would
be immediately eligible for Adjustment of Status, Immigrant Visa appointments,
and Green card issuance.  It is unclear how the USCIS and State Department
would handle this immense overload of applications.

Going forward employment-based green card numbers would dramatically
increase.  Theoretically this could mean that future retrogression is


All employers will be required to use E-verify over a five-year phase in
period, which will include enhanced photographic measures.

H-1B / L-1 VISAS

The H-1B visa cap will increase to 110,000, and can increase to 180,000 over
seven years.

Spouses of H-1B visa holders will gain work eligibility.

H-1B prevailing wage rules may be changing, mandating higher wages for H-1B
workers.  It is somewhat unclear in the Outline to what extent the
prevailing wage rules will change.

Employers with more than 50 employees and who have 50% of their workforce who
(a) hold H-1B and/or L-1 and (b) who do not have a green card pending, must pay
an additional $10,000 in H-1B / L-1 filing fees.

Employers with more than 50 employees and who have 30% of their workforce who
(a) hold H-1B and/or L-1 and (b) who do not have a green card pending, must pay
an additional $5,000 in H-1B / L-1 filing fees.

By 2016 any employer who has more than 50% of its workforce on H-1B / L-1
status will be ineligible to petition for H-1B and/or L-1 visas.

All employers who wish to hire an H-1B must advertise the position on a
government database for 30 days.

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About The Author

Christopher T. Musillo is a partner at MusilloUnkenholt Immigration Law. He is a graduate of Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania. When not zealously representing his clients, Chris enjoys outdoor sports, listening to music, traveling and reading.

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