About the bill
Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT3) with cosponsors Reps. Raul Labrador (R-ID1) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA19), the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2015 would update the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate country-based restrictions on employment visas and to reduce country-based restrictions on family visas. (Press release) The original Act limits the combined total of work and family visas for immigrant from any country at 7% of available visas. H.R. 213 would amend this to increase the limit to 15% and make the limit apply only to family-sponsored immigrants. While this could result in an increase in the number of immigrants from any given country that could obtain a visa, it would not change the total number of visas within a given fiscal year. Both cosponsors …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Utah's 3rd congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Jan 8, 2015
Length: 6 pages
114th Congress (2015–2017)
This bill was introduced on January 8, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
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147 Cosponsors (89 Democrats, 58 Republicans)
What legislators are saying
“Labrador sponsors bipartisan visa reform for high-skilled workers”
— Rep. Raúl Labrador [R-ID1, 2011-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 10, 2015
Nov 29, 2011
Earlier Version — Passed House (Senate next)
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 3012 (112th).
Feb 13, 2013
Earlier Version — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 633 (113th).
Jan 8, 2015
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Jan 10, 2017
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 392 (115th).
H.R. 213 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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