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May 03, 2006

SKIL Bill Introduced in Senate This Morning

This morning, the "SKIL Bill" (Securing Knowledge Innovation and Leadership Bill) was introduced by Senator Cornyn (R-TX). Cosponsors on this legislation, assigned bill number S. 2691, were Senators Allard (R-CO), Allen (R-VA), Bennett (R-UT), Enzi (R-WY), and Lott (R-MS). The aim of the SKIL Bill is to reform both the H-1B visa and employment based (EB visa) green card processes. Many of the provisions in the SKIL Bill are duplicated in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill currently on the Senate floor. Among the provisions in the SKIL Bill are the following:

* Exemptions for U.S. educated foreign workers with advanced degrees in math, science, technology and engineering fields from the H-1B and EB quotas

* Market-based H-1B cap

* Extension of foreign students' post curricular optional practical training from 12 to 24 months to allow them to go more easily from student to green card

* Exemptions for EB/green card immigrant spouses and children from the annual cap

AILA strongly supports the provisions in the SKIL Bill, but urges that efforts be focused first on these provisons being passed as part of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform package.

Posted by VisaLawyer at May 3, 2006 07:01 AM

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