H. R. 1044, Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019

Summary: This bill increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7% of the total number of such visas available that year to 15%, and eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas. It also removes an offset that reduced the number of visas for individuals from China.

The bill also establishes transition rules for employment-based visas from FY2020-FY2022, by reserving a percentage of EB-2 (workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability), EB-3 (skilled and other workers), and EB-5 (investors) visas for individuals not from the two countries with the largest number of recipients of such visas. Of the unreserved visas, not more than 85% shall be allotted to immigrants from any single country. Cosponsors (bipartisan)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 3/5/19.

STATUS: Introduced 2/7/19 by Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]. 



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