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H.R. 392, Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act

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Posted by Hope123456789 (118) 10 Jan 2017#1
Congressman Jason Chaffetz introduces HR 392, Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017. This is similar to HR 213 and 3012. Both bills enjoyed bi-partisan support and this bill will presumably be endorsed by all earlier co-sponsors. With an all Republican congress, here's to hoping that this finally helps all our brothers and sisters stuck in backlog for decades.
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Posted by Hope123456789 (118) 12 Jan 2017#2
to K1981:

I'll do my part. I hope we can stand united and not barrage against a particular group or organization. In the end, that does nothing.
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Posted by pdjune2016 (259) 13 Jan 2017#3
yes , we should act now !
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Posted by yaahoo4 (4) 13 Jan 2017#4
Hi Guys, just curious..how long would this typically take to be enacted if everything goes well?
Just wondering about the timelines of such bills.
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Posted by GCgeya (504) 13 Jan 2017#5
to h1bwoe:

This bill also die similar way. Demo guys will never allow this Bill.. Forget about pass, this will never come to floor... Lot of politics is there..not so easy..
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Posted by tuser123 (673) 13 Jan 2017#6
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Posted by nightwatchman (157) 13 Jan 2017#7
to GCgeya:

Not sure I fully understand US politics yet, but I thought GOP was in majority in both house and senate. Doesn't that give some hope for this bill?
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Posted by Hope123456789 (118) 13 Jan 2017#8
to sameer3:

Go, go, go...
Hr 213 had 147 co sponsors. Hoping to reach that number soon. With all republican congress, the only challenge here would be senate, but being that this bill enjoys a bi partisan support, I am keeping up the efforts and optimism:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/hou...
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Posted by ProBan7 (66) 13 Jan 2017#9
Hello All,

This is a great forum. We get a lot of useful info.
Regarding HR392, my friend and I have decided to take action.
We both are on H1B's and have decided to email/ message our local representatives in Congress and requested to move it forward.
Local representatives can be found using this link : www.house.gov/representatives/find/

I am also pasting the message my friend sent, so that you all can frame your messages.

Thank you and hoping for fast movement of this bill.

Pro.

Message text below:


Dear Congressman XX,
I would like to request your support for H.R.392 introduced in the house on 10th January 2017.
(To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, and others).
I came to USA as an MBA student, then secured employment with a large organization, promoted to head of my department, hired Americans, purchased house and have intentions to settle down.
As a student and as a professional, I have experienced why America is the greatest country on earth (best education system where students are encouraged to be creative and challenge the status quo, recognition for hard work and top performance at work irrespective race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, etc) ; and I am always striving to make America even better by building on these values.
My employer filed for my employment based Green Card (EB-2) and I have I-140 approval but I am in the long wait to get my priority date being an Indian citizen.
I find it unfair that I have to wait for years while equally brilliant friends of mine who are German, French, Mexican, etc have no wait line and already got their green cards although theirs was applied later than mine.
I would appreciate if you could support the bill so that in line with American values the best and brightest get the employment based green card and there is no discrimination based on nationality.
Thank You for your kind consideration.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year.
Best Regards,
YY

EOM.
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Posted by manishl (334) 13 Jan 2017#10
from the congress.gov website, the HR 392 also states :
" .....to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes. "

Why the $%#@ are they touching Family-based immigrants in this bill ????!!!!

This bill should have been ONLY about employment-based, otherwise it will not pass.
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Posted by Hope123456789 (118) 13 Jan 2017#11
to ProBan7:

For EB visas, I understand that they are going to release changes in phases.
For example, for FY17, India and China will be in the 85% of the total pool. 15% will be reserved for ROW.
FY18 and 19 - 90% pool. 10% still reserved for ROW.
and 100% from there on out. Basically First come first served from FY20.

If that's the case, any mathematicians here that can predict what'd the priority date be like for eb2 and 3? They do mention that for eb3 it will reduce the wait times from 70 years to anywhere from 4-5 years.

No mentions about eb2 though. Any wild guesses?
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Posted by maverick41 (477) 13 Jan 2017#12
to manishl:

You bring up a good point. Increasing the numerical limitation for family based immigrants will not sit well with members of Congress who are trying to reduce the number of immigrants.
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Posted by festinaLente (131) 13 Jan 2017#13
to Hope123456789:

do you have any sources for this? thx
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Posted by Hope123456789 (118) 13 Jan 2017#14
to maverick41:

No reform will come without its own fair share of compromises.

The unfortunate thing is that so far we were fighting to separate ourselves from illegals. Now it looks like we're fighting against EB1C and Family based visas. Sigh!

I met someone recently who came here on a FB GC, became a citizen in 5 years. We started discussing the challenges my wife and I face everyday because we don't have a GC. For the life of him, he could not relate to a single point and argued that life remains challenging even after GC. Couple of other friends who got greened on EB1C have similar attitude now. Although they were more sympathetic when they were in line. Nothing against EB1C folks but everyone I know still work for the same company on same salary after all these years.
I guess you never understand until you're in that situation. People who came here on a free ride can't possibly understand the our frustrations.
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Posted by arc99 (1002) 13 Jan 2017#15
to manishl:

It was the same before too. In 114th congress it wasn't taken up because Boehner said they will never bring any bill about immigration when Obama is in office. Let's see what happens now.
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Posted by 2009eb2 (111) 23 Jan 2017#16
Bill updated with text.
I think HR392 is the only hope for EB2/3 India and China to move significant.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/hou...
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115...
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Posted by arc99 (1002) 23 Jan 2017#17
to 2009eb2:

Such a small bill but very confusing. Seems like has a clause for unused visa capture but only for 3 years. I hope it passes this time.
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Posted by sunora2000 (108) 23 Jan 2017#18
to arc99:

any idea when will it go on the floor for approval?
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Posted by coolwk (17) 23 Jan 2017#19
to sunora2000:

I have a question. Even if this bill passes, how long it will take to clear up the backlog/get GC?
Like how many visas will be allowed to India each year then?
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Posted by usimmi14 (63) 23 Jan 2017#20
to sunora2000:

it has a long way to go.. Lets just be hopeful that it will go soon.
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Posted by arc99 (1002) 23 Jan 2017#21
to sunora2000:

My guess is within 2017. My assumption is based in two things. One is Jason Chaffetz has become somewhat more important than before and he might have more influence on the leadership. Second is there is this bill and Issa's bill under the legal immigration fix like good cop bad cop.I am thinking they will enforce both to call it done.
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Posted by arc99 (1002) 23 Jan 2017#22
to coolwk:

Someone should get a large size coffee and do the analysis to answer that. All kinds of percentages are throwing into it.
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Posted by lwfp1 (268) 23 Jan 2017#23

It was the same before too. In 114th congress it wasn't taken up because Boehner said they will never bring any bill about immigration when Obama is in office. Let's see what happens now.

to arc99:


Quoting my friend (actually friend's friend :):) who is with IV) that IV leadership told that this family immigration clause was necessary to get additional support. I do not understand why is that necessary and whose support they are talking about. All I can see is this is raising a red flag, as current admin is against family based immigration.
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Posted by SuperCoolDude (212) 23 Jan 2017#24
I'm very optimistic that President Trump will happily sign this bill as he is eager to reform immigration.
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Posted by ZONEMAN (379) 23 Jan 2017#25
to SuperCoolDude:

Not trying to sound pessimistic here , i believe his idea of reform means cut down immigration :) . But hope for the best ...
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