What happened this Thursday, June 27, 2013, is being hailed as a historic moment in immigration reform. While a lot of compromises were made and the bill itself is in no way perfect, there are definitely reasons to cheer. With the immigration reform bill comes with the opportunity for millions of aliens living in the shadows to gain a legal pathway to citizenship while the increase in the H1-B cap is likely going to make it easier for employers to hire more workers with college degrees. It is estimated that 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally could obtain “registered provisional immigrant status” six months after the enactment of the bill given that they meet specific conditions.
Likewise, the H1-B cap for high skilled workers would be immediately raised from 65,000 a year to 110,000 a year with 25,000 more set aside for people with advanced degrees in STEM from a U.S. school.
Nonetheless, militarization of the borders and elimination of Diversity Visa lottery program come with their own set of problems. Further, despite DOMA being struck down immigration experts know that policy guidance and regulations will need to guide the day-to-day, case-by-case examinations of same-sex marriages when marriage is a key part of the immigration benefit. Still, the relevant bureaucracies appear to be gearing up for it or certainly holding off in the interim on adverse action for couples now positively situated.
So with sweeping immigration measures being passed by the Senate, the life of the bill now depends on whether or not the House will follow suit and pass the bill. As always, we at the Law Firm of Moumita Rahman are here to assist you with any questions you may have about how the new bill affects you. Stay tuned at this website for the latest in news on immigration reform!