Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act
A proposed law introduced in the U.S. Senate earlier this year may provide additional immigration opportunities for high skilled immigrants in many countries. The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 could make it easier for skilled workers and their families to immigrate to the United States.
High Skilled Workers
High skilled immigrant workers frequently enter the country on EB-1, EB-2, or EB-3 employment-related visas. To obtain the first preference of the EB-1 visa, an individual must demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim. This applies to individuals who have won international awards, such as Olympic medals, Oscars, or Pulitzer Prizes. Outstanding professors and researchers or multinational executives or managers also may qualify for an EB-1 high skilled worker visa.
EB-2 visa applicants have employment in jobs requiring, at the minimum, a baccalaureate degree or exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or businesses. Individuals who can provide proof their employment would greatly benefit the United States can also apply for a National Interest Waiver under the EB-2 visa application.
Workers seeking EB-3 employment visas must demonstrate they have at least two years of job training and are performing work for qualified workers that are not available in the United States to be classified as skilled workers. Professionals who possess a U.S. baccalaureate degree or foreign decree equivalent who are performing work for which qualified workers are not available in the United States may also apply for EB-3 employment visas.
Increased Immigration Opportunities
To allow more high skilled workers to enter the country legally, the proposed law would change the current seven percent cap on employment-related visas and more than double the current per country cap on family-based visas to 15 percent of the total number of available visas. The current offsets, which reduce the number of visas available for Chinese immigrants, would also be eliminated. These proposed changes reflect growing discontent with the use of per country caps to limit the number of available visas. Within certain categories, no one country can receive more than seven percent of available employment visas. Supporters hope the changes will reduce the wait time for employment visas, which can be as long as 10 years.
Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at the Law Offices of Tahir Mella, P.C. Protect the Rights of High Skilled Immigrants
If you or a loved is seeking an employment-based immigration visa, including an EB-1, EB-2, or EB-3 employment visa, the experienced Philadelphia immigration lawyers at the Law Offices of Tahir Mella, P.C. are here to help. We handle a wide range of immigration law matters, including those related to detention, visa applications, asylum petitions, and deportation. Conveniently located in Philadelphia, we proudly serve immigrants throughout the tri-state area, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide. Call us today to schedule a free initial consultation at 215-496-0690 or submit an online inquiry form.