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S. 386 (116th): Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019

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A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Mike Lee

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Utah. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2019
Length: 7 pages
Feb 7, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 7, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


35 Cosponsors (19 Republicans, 16 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Fighting Fake News on H-1B Reform
    — Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT] (Sponsor) on Oct 2, 2019

Durbin, Judiciary Dems Call On Cornyn To Hold Hearing On Green-Card Backlog Legislation
    — Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL] on Oct 30, 2019

Feinstein, Durbin, Judiciary Dems Call on Cornyn to Hold Hearing on Green-Card Backlog Legislation
    — Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] on Oct 30, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

U.S. Tech Workers This bill would dramatically change our employment Green Card distribution system by eliminating a safeguard that prevents Green Card numbers from being monopolized by citizens of one or two countries. Known as the “per country cap,” each country is allotted 7% …


Feb 7, 2019

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S. 386 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 386. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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