S. 2091 includes a clause that DHS should have the authority to give EAD to spouses of non-immigrant visa holders.
Ever since the passing of H.R. 1044, or the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, there has been an ongoing debate on the future of the bill and whether it stands any chance of becoming a law.
While it may be some time before that happens, what the passing of the bill has done is that it has shifted the attention toward the broken American immigration system and the need for reform. And this is apparent from another bill has been introduced since then.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has come with a new bill titled “BELIEVE Act.”
The bill is actually is a competing bill to the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act. It may be noted that Sen. Rand Paul had previously blocked the S. 386, or the Green Card Country Limit Removal Bill, the companion bill to H.R. 1044.
He wants the bill to have a provision for immigrant nurses in the bill.
The Kentucky Republican has been a very vocal opponent of H.R. 1044 and S. 386 is currently stalled in the Senate.
Paul has now come up with his new bill that proposes improvements in the current immigration system.
The new S. 2091, or the “Backlog Elimination, Legal Immigration and Employment Visa Enhancement (BELIEVE) is primarily aimed at removing the green card back logs for employment-based visa holders. It also includes benefits for H4-EAD.
The bill has a clause which may be good news for H4 EAD seekers. It says that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should have the authority to give employment authorization or EAD to spouses of non-immigrant H-1B or L visa holders.
In the current scenario where DHS has been working toward eliminating H4 EAD, this clause may also stress that H 4 EAD workers do not take away American jobs but are instead boosting the economy.
The bill also proposes employment authorization to spouses and minor children of temporary worker. It also provides employment authorization and legal status while waiting for a green card.
The bill also aims to double employment-based green cards and includes a special provision for healthcare workers where they can file for immigrant visas.
While what happens in the Senate is yet to be seen, the truth remains that both the bills (H.R.1044 and S.2091) propose changes to the immigration system and highlight that the per country cap for green cards give an inherent advantage to people from most countries, while citizens of some others, such as Indian and China, are subjected to inordinate delays.
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