Bloomberg Law
July 5, 2019, 10:35 AM

Green Card Cap Legislation Remains Blocked Despite H-1B Deal

Laura D. Francis
Laura D. Francis

A deal between two Republican senators was expected to clear a roadblock that for years has stalled legislation to eliminate per-country caps on employment-based green cards. Then a previous sponsor of the measure torpedoed it.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) recently teamed up with Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) to include in the legislation provisions related to oversight and enforcement of the H-1B specialty occupation visa program. Grassley, who’s pursued H-1B changes for years, has been a key figure in blocking the bill’s passage.

The provisions would strengthen the DOL’s H-1B enforcement authority, require employers to disclose pay information, and close loopholes ...

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