Thursday, July 19, 2012

Senator Grassley Lifts Hold on H.R. 3012 with H-1B Enforcement agreement

The ACIP reports that "Senator Grassley (R-IA) announced he had lifted his hold on the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, H.R. 3012, due to a recent agreement reached with Senator Schumer (D-NY) that would give the Department of Labor (DOL) expanded authority to investigate and audit an employer's H-1B labor condition application (LCA) compliance.  While the base bill passed overwhelmingly in the House last fall, it still faces challenges in the Senate where two other potential holds from Senators could stop it from moving forward.  Even if the bill passes in the Senate, it would then have to be reconsidered and passed in the House with the new Grassley-Schumer language.". 
Without raising the total number of employment based green cards, the bill eliminates the country limits after a three year gradual phase in, benefiting the STEM graduates from India and China with long current waits for open priority dates.