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S. 1092 (110th): High-Tech Worker Relief Act of 2007


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 11, 2007 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1092

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 11, 2007

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To temporarily increase the number of visas which may be issued to certain highly skilled workers.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the High-Tech Worker Relief Act of 2007.

2.

Immediate increase of H–1B visas

Section 214(g)(1)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(1)(A)) is amended to read as follows:

(A)

under section 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) may not exceed—

(i)

65,000 in each of the fiscal years 2004 through 2006;

(ii)

115,000 in fiscal year 2007;

(iii)

195,000 in fiscal year 2008; and

(iv)

65,000 in fiscal year 2009 and each succeeding fiscal year; and

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3.

Exemption from numerical limits

(a)

Nonimmigrants with advanced degrees

Section 214(g)(5)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(5)(C)) is amended by striking , until the number of aliens who are exempted from such numerical limitation during such year exceeds 20,000.

(b)

Employment-based immigrants

(1)

In general

Section 201(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151(b)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(F)

Aliens who have earned an advanced degree in science, technology, engineering, or math and have been working in a related field in the United States under a nonimmigrant visa during the 3-year period preceding their application for an immigrant visa under section 203(b).

(G)

Aliens who—

(i)

are described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of section 203(b)(1); or

(ii)

have received a national interest waiver under section 203(b)(2)(B).

(H)

The immediate relatives of an alien who is admitted as an employment-based immigrant under section 203(b).

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(2)

Applicability

The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall apply to any visa application—

(A)

pending on the date of the enactment of this Act; or

(B)

filed on or after such date of enactment.