Update June 21, 2018
H.R. 4760 conservative bill: Rejected by 193-231 votes.
HR 4760 bill is scheduled for voting today. Hope for the best. It if is approved, the extremely HIGH EB2 India backlogs will get a little push!
HR 4760 – Green card quota Increase – By 45%
A new Green card bill has been introduced by Trump Administration in house to enable Green card quota increase.
The SAF (Securing America's Future – HR-4760) bill proposes to increase EB immigrant visa annual quota (EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Skilled Worker Only) from about 120,000 a year to about 175,000 – an increase of 45% green cards.
45% increase in skilled category Green card numbers has the potential of decreasing the highly jammed Indian and Chinese H1B Green Card queues.
It certainly could be big benefit for H1B workers, especially from India if it sees light of day.
The current predictions for EB2 India H1B green card wait is whopping 70 years!
Stop Diversity green card lottery and Family Chain Migration
The bill aims at completely stopping the Diversity green card lottery and Chain Migration, to provide extra Green cards to H1B skilled category specifically EB1, EB2, EB 3, by reducing the over-all green card usage by these categories by about 25% (Approximately 260,000 GC per year).
This could be a perfect example of 'One's loss is other's gain'.
If this bill is passed, will eliminate green card programs for relatives (other than spouses and minor children under age 21).
Only Visit Visa for Parents and Relatives – No Green Card
Families would be able to bring parents to USA on a temporary visa that could be renewed. This has been specifically done to make sure parents remain a visitor and government does not have to bear the cost of their healthcare and other things.
No benefit for H4-EAD
There is nothing about H4-EAD in this bill that can safeguard the interests of H1B worker's spouse, which DHS is aiming to take away in 2018.