US sets ball rolling on H-1B visa cap

Via The Economic Times of India

NEW DELHI: The move to increase the
number of visas for temporary highly skilled (H-1B) workers has gathered
momentum in the US Senate, with the introduction of yet another bill, S 2611 or
‘a bill to provide for comprehensive immigration reform and for other
purposes’.

The bill proposes to increase the annual cap from
65,000 to 115,000 and automatically increase the new cap by 20% each year. The
bill also proposes to create a new exemption to the proposed cap for anyone who
has an “advanced degree in science, technology, engineering, or
math” from any foreign university.

As per the proposals in
this bill, H-1B workers are eligible for green cards and will be allowed to stay
and work in the US for as long as it takes to process the green card
application.

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