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Chris Musillo





HOUSE STARTS MOVING: SKILLS ACT PASSES









The House
Judiciary Committee has passed the Supplying
Knowledge Based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visa Act (SKILLS
Act).  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) sponsored the SKILLS Act.  He
has 20 co-sponsors. 






The SKILLS Act
would nearly triple the H-1B cap and also increase employment-based green card
numbers.  Notably, Sec.
110 of the Act
 sets aside 4,000 immigrant visas for healthcare
occupations, including nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists,
and other allied healthcare workers who work in rural or undeserved
areas.  These immigrant visas are immediately available and not subject to
retrogression.  




This is the first step toward a House CIR bill.  The House is expected to spend the summer debating, proposing  and amending a variety of provisions.  Together these provisions will become the House CIR bill.  




The House may administratively decide to have several smaller bills, rather than one large CIR bill, as has been done in the Senate.  It remains to be seen if this strategy proves to be successful.



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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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