Under today’s 7% cap, large countries like India and China, which account for over 40% of the world’s population and an even higher percentage of the highly skilled global workforce, receive the same number of visas as Greenland, a country that accounts for 0.001% of the world’s population. As a result, immigrants from large countries, who share equal qualifications with any other highly skilled worker entering the US, must wait 20 to 30 times longer for permanent residence. This creates an economically unhealthy reliance on temporary visas and costs the US economy highly skilled workers who simply give up and leave the US.
The “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act” would correct this problem by first clearing backlogs and then creating a system where all equally qualified highly skilled workers, no matter their country of birth, will receive green cards in the order they apply and based solely on the skills they bring to America. Skilled immigrants from any other country in the world currently in line will NOT be adversely impacted by the bill.