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The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019

I have read over the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019. It’s very short, but tedious, as most amending legislation is. It makes some interesting changes to current law and then sort of shoots itself in the head. Here is the gist of it. Currently, about 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas (i.e., employment-based green cards) are available per year by statute. Each country has a 7% cap. To be more exact, an applicant is categorized according to the country they were born in. We call that "chargeability." And among those country-based categories, no one group can get more than 7% of the 140,000 visas. However, specific countries (namely India, China, and the Philippines)


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