Oppose HR 3012 and its companion s-1857

Removal of country quota unfairely increases wait time for all countries at the expense of India and China.

We are writing on behalf of all citizens concerned with an immigration bill- HR 3012, that eliminates the per country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, and increases the per country numerical limitation for family based immigrants from 7% to 15%. I think we should consider the following points before moving the bill any farther:

- The bill is retroactive to October, 2011 and offers a 3 year implementation transitional phase when it provides worldwide applicants a merely 15% reserved visas. But the fiscal year has already started, and by the time the bill becomes a law, that reserve will be completely consumed, which means- for the rest of this fiscal year, these categories will have no available visas at all. This would inevitably send a wrong message to the employers.

- The bill proponents estimated (!) a ridiculous 70-year waiting for some employment based applicants, but they hide the fact that the actual spillover rule that currently helps the backlogged EB2 applicants and will help EB3 applicants in foreseeable future! At the moment, the oldest applications of EB2 category (mostly Indians) are enjoying the spillovers (about 15% of all visas) from EB1 and EB5 and are moving at a very fast pace.

[Source: http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/Web_Annual_Numerical_Limits.pdf ]

[Source: http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/EmploymentIndia.pdf ]

At this rate they will soon reach the cutoff dates of all other countries, and old applications under EB3 category will be qualified to receive them. This will drastically reduce even the backlogs waiting time by several years into a single digit year period. It is worth noting that due to the spillover rule, in reality, some 30% of the total visas went to applicants from India and China in 2010. [http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/yearbook/2010/ois_yb_2010.pdf ]

- The country quota had been placed a few decades ago to prevent too many doctors and nurses from Philippines backlogging the system. What was fair for doctors is no longer fair for IT professionals- the very group that has the highest number of H-1B frauds? Why should rural IOWA loose a doctor who reverse migrates because of long waits at the expense of an IT professional?

- Generally speaking the return migration flows appear to correlate more closely with the ease of circulation, than with economic condition in receiving countries. The matter of the fact is, the long wait understandably has not caused a reasonable return migration in India. Research shows, ?sustained economic improvements in Eastern Europe are widely thought to have facilitated the large scale return migration of Poles and certain other Eastern Europeans?. [Source: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/lmi_recessionJan09.pdf ]. So, at the end of the day-the real loser will be the US businesses and all the drivers of US economy.

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Public Comments (4,742)
Apr 15th, 2019
Someone from Houston, TX writes:
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More immigrant schemes: [1. Indian accountant sentenced in visa scam.] dailym.ai/2VFqgBt [2. Indian business ordered to be demolished for violations.] bit.ly/2Il9IeV [3. Indian businesses sued for trafficking.] bit.ly/2HXu5hs [4. Asian jailed for selling banned substances.] bit.ly/2v53ZRV [5. Asians arrested in drug manufacturing raid.] bit.ly/2KFpRhu
Jan 24th, 2019
Someone from Houston, TX writes:
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More immigrant schemes: [1. Indians arrested on bank fraud charges.] bit.ly/2HwLy1v [2. Indian arrested for visa scam.] bit.ly/2MsRhUL [3. Indian business condemned in South Carolina.] bit.ly/2nbIYSa [4. Indian ordered to pay compensation for real estate fraud.] bit.ly/2CG0mFx
Dec 28th, 2018
Someone from Houston, TX writes:
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More immigrant schemes: [1. Indians arrested for forging documents and lying to authorities.] bit.ly/2AicjRm [2. Indians arrested for stealing money from bank accounts.] bit.ly/2ESAGrZ [3. Indian business to be demolished by city after nuisance and crime issues.] bit.ly/2SoK9v0 [4. Indian business faces wrecking ball after violations.] bit.ly/2QRQa6C
Feb 12th, 2017
Chien-An C. from San Jose, CA writes:
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7% nation cap is necessary To keep diversity and fair chance to all races from all countries
Apr 6th, 2016
Someone from Tacoma, WA writes:
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At a time when jobs are low and so many US born, natural citizens are struggling with outsourcing and businesses going overseas why would we willfully vote for the absolute desolation of the US economy. I am against this!
Feb 14th, 2016
Someone from Miami, FL writes:
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So many families are separated by laws that we as Americans need to change to help change our immigration system to help unite families because it's what makes America the great nation it is
May 18th, 2014
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Mar 31st, 2014
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Feb 18th, 2014
Someone from San Francisco, CA signed.
Dec 14th, 2013
Someone from Kirkland, WA writes:
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There have been a lot of fraud on H1B visa. Before passing this kind of bill there should be complete investigation on IT consultancy which will submit fake documents for purpose of immigration

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