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Greg Siskind

Section by Section Summary of the SKILLS Visa Bill (the Republican House Judiciary Committee Skilled Worker Bill)

Daryll Issa was given the task of producing a high skilled worker bill for the series of piecemeal immigration measures being considered by the House Judiciary Committee. It's a mixed bag - stingy when it comes to green card numbers and less onerous when it comes to H-1B employer restrictions. It deals with some problems ignored in the Senate bill (such as giving E-2 nonimmigrants a green card path and including nurses and doctors in the STEM definitions). Overall, if you could swap the S.744 H-1B section for this one, keep the Senate's green card cap provisions and then blend the rest of the bills together, you would have a pretty good high skilled worker system.  

About The Author Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at

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