When the U.S. Senate passes its own version of the Fairness to Highly Skilled Immigrants Act (the counterpart in the House of Representatives is H.R. 3012 with the same title and provisions) and the consolidated bill is sent to President Barack Obama for signature, professionals, skilled workers and Other Workers who have been waiting for years would see their visa waiting period shortened. Why?
Because both bills (of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate) eliminate the quota for employment-based immigrant visas. In addition, the per country quota would be more than doubled from 25,620 to more than 54,000.
Who are likely to benefit from this? See the Visa Waiters in various categories, below.
Annual Numerical Limits, Family, FY-2012
Unused numbers can "fall down" from F1 to F2A to F2B to F3 to F4.
Unused F4 numbers can "fall up" to F1. This potential is taken into consideration when setting the monthly/annual targets for number use. Those targets are established based on the historical and current patterns of number use, and are adjusted as necessary.
Employment Limits, 2012
* The provisions of the Chinese Student Protection Act require that the China annual limit be reduced by 1,000. A total of 300 numbers are deducted from the E3 category, and 700 from the E5 category.
** The EW category is currently entitled to up to 5,000 of this total.
Unused numbers can "fall-down" from E1 to E2 to E3. Unused numbers can "fall-up" from E4 and E5 to E1. That fact is taken into consideration when setting the monthly/annual targets for number use. Those targets are established based on the historical and current patterns of number use, and are adjusted as necessary.
Immigrant Visa Waiting List, Nov. 2010 (US State Department)
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