representing Zoe Lofgren, D-California, and John Curtis, R-Utah, in the House, and Sens. Kevin Cramer, RN.D., and John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., in the Senate, proposed similar bipartisan versions of this bill in Congress.
Democrats have proposed an alternative version in both houses, with the support of Senate Judiciary Chairman Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., that would eliminate caps by country while increasing the total number of green cards available.
Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina has also proposed legislation, joined by a Democrat and three Republicans, to reduce the backlog by reclaiming unused employment-based green card slots that expired in past fiscal years due USCIS delays.
But none of those measures have reached either floor of the chamber, raising a grim chance that one of them will become law this year. And next fiscal year, with improved consular operations, USCIS expects it will have fewer additional employment-based green cards to issue than this fiscal year, with approximately 60,000 additional slots. for a total of 200,000 employment-based visas.
Xiao Wang, co-founder of Boundless Immigration, a tech startup that helps immigrants apply for green cards and citizenship, said “there’s nothing that can hope to pass the Senate that’s immigration-related. right now”.
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