H.R. 3012, The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act
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H.R. 3012 would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants.
== Detailed Summary ==
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== Status of the Legislation ==
Latest Major Action: 10/27/2011: House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
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== Points in Favor ==
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== Points Against ==
1. Provides a small relief to backlog (a few years from decades) for India, China, and other countries in the bill while significantly increasing the wait time for the rest of the world.
2. All unused green card numbers from other countries' quotas are already allocated to the countries that are over their quota, each year.
3. Has nothing to do with fairness. Immigration is a privilege, not a birthright, US can institute policies on immigration that it deems beneficial to its interests. While it can be argued that having more highly skilled immigrants is in the best interest of the country, it cannot be logically argued that having more skilled immigrants from India, China, or Mexico will be MORE beneficial to US compared to immigrants from other countries. The selection process to determine the "high" skill of the applicants is same for all applicants regardless of their country of origin. The reason for the per country limit was to keep diversity in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics fields and to encourage immigrants from smaller countries to become permanent residents as well rather than having individuals from one or few countries dominate the STEM
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