The U.S. makes 140,000 employment-based green cards available each year, but it limits each country to 7% of the total. Visa applicants in China and India face a multi-year wait because of demand. Eliminating the cap would have created one global, first-come, first-serve line.
But the bill was stuck in Senate after Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) put a hold on it. He wanted restrictions on H-1B use attached to it.
Elimination of per country caps was widely seen as having a chance at passage this year. But proposal drawing opposition from the private sector because of Grassley's changes, and its passage is now in doubt.
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