Published Date:  

2009-10-01 04:00

Public Description:  

The bill would replace the current visa lottery system (55,000 visas currently focused on nationality and minimum work/educational degree requirements) with a system targeted at applicants with advanced degrees. Specifically, the program would include "qualified immigrants who hold a masters or doctorate degree in the life sciences, the physical sciences, mathematics, technology, or engineering. The end result would be more high-tech and other highly educated workers, possibly in job areas not traditionally affected by H-1B visas. This bill does not affect overall immigration numbers.

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program and to re-allocate those visas to certain employment-based immigrants who obtain an advanced degree in the United States.

NumbersUSA's Position:  

No Position
Sponsored by:  Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49] in the 111th congress

Bill Number:  

H.R. 3687

Chamber:  

House