March 20, 2008

Three High-Skilled Visa Bills Introduced into the House

On March 14, three bills were introduced into the House of Representatives relating to high-skilled visas.

  • Rep. Smith (R-TX) introduced H.R. 5642 which would increase the numerical limitation with respect to H-1B non-immigrants for fiscal years 2008 and 2009.
  • Rep. Kennedy (D-RI) introduced H.R. 5634 which would exempt from numerical limitations any alien who has received a Ph.D. from an institution of higher education within the 3-year period preceding such alien’s petition for special immigrant status.
  • Rep. Giffords (D-AZ) introduced H.R. 5630 which would modify certain requirements with respect to H-1B non-immigrants.

In light of the pending H-1B visa lottery, these bills are critical to employers who hire foreign born professional workers. Contact your congressional representatives now in support of these measures.

AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 08031931 (posted Mar. 19, 2008)