The companion bill of S. 386, the bipartisan H.R. 1044, or the “Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act,” has already been passed by the House.
A new petition, launched on the White House website, is urging people to put pressure on the US Senate to pass S. 386. The House of Representatives has already passed its companion bill, the bipartisan H.R. 1044, or the “Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act,” which calls for the elimination of the green card backlog by removing the 7 percent country cap.
The Senate bill S. 386 is currently blocked by Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who has introduced a rival bill citing concerns of visa availability for healthcare workers.
The new petition, started anonymously by someone identified as D.K., on September 21, 2019, calls for the bill to be passed since “legal immigrants have been permanently employed for decades contributing to their local communities, Social Security, Medicare, while waiting for their Permanent residency.”
It says that the unforeseen outcomes of the current immigration policy has left stressful family situations with potential separation of parents and their US citizen kids and put legal high skilled workers’ kids at risk of “aging and forced to leave US.”
The uncertainty has cut these individuals out of a social safety net that they have contributed into for decades and left them far behind in making major life decisions, the petition argues.
“These bills correct a moral wrong where two similarly skilled individuals can have very different life outcomes. It doesn’t take away a path to permanent residency for any future applicants,” said the petition.
If passed by the Senate, the green card wait times for tax-paying skilled immigrants from India and China will be vastly reduced, with the EB2 and EB3 dates getting current up to Sep 2014 almost immediately.
Reports said Sens Mike Lee and Kamala Harris have negotiated with Paul to find a reasonable compromise. Reportedly, the Kentucky Republican has agreed to remove his hold on the S 386 bill now with a clause to have fixed quota of 5,000 green cards for Schedule-A jobs which include healthcare workers.
The fixed quota is applicable for the next 9 years, the time-frame possibly required to take to clear Indian and Chinese backlogs.
Petitions launched on the White House website require a minimum of 100,000 signatures to receive an official response.