H.R. 4166, the American Workforce Improvement and Jobs Protection Act, would exempt from the annual H-1B cap aliens holding a Master's degree or higher, up to 20,000. However, the bill would have reinstated tougher employer attestation requirements, a $1,000 application fee, and Labor Department investigative authorities, that expired in the fall of 2003.
H.R. 4052, the Save Summer Act, would increase the annual cap for 2004 on H-2B visas for low-skill, temporary foreign workers by 40,000.
H.R. 4041 would remove the numerical cap on H-2B visas for 2004.
H.R. 2899, the Border Security and Immigration Improvement Act, would create a legalization process for almost all illegal aliens who would then be eligible for green cards after 6 years. It would also create a guestworker program for illegal aliens that would lead to amnesty.