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House Votes To End Per-Country Limits on Employment-Based Immigration Visas

On November 29, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 389-15 in favor of ending per-country numerical limits (caps) on employment-based visas. The bill does not raise the number of such visas issued, but would eliminate the current provision stating that employment-based visas issued cannot exceed seven percent of the total for any one country. The measure could benefit skilled Indian and Chinese workers and high-tech companies in the United States.

Similar legislation is pending in the Senate. Text of the bill, H.R. 3012.

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