Rand Paul Bill – Remove Country Limit, Double Green Cards

Ran paul introduces bill to double Employment based Green Cards in Senate. H4 EAD rights, no counting family members for GC numbers, Remove country limits.

Written by Am22tech
  By Am22tech      Updated  25 Aug, 19


Senator Rand Paul, who blocked the S386 Green card country limit removal bill over the rights of Nurses has introduced a new bill S-2091.

S-2091 has been named as the Backlog Elimination, Legal Immigration, and Employment Visa Enhancement (BELIEVE) Act who’s primary purpose is to reduce the backlog of foreign nationals seeking employment-based visas.

BELIEVE Act will increase the yearly green card limits from 1,40,000 to 2,70,000.

Remove Country Based Green Card Limits

Bill will remove the country based green card limits for employment based Green cards explicitly.

EB1, EB2, EB3 will get 29.63% of total available employment based green cards instead of current 28.6%.

EB4’s allocation of green cards is cut by half to 3.7% from current 7.1%

EB5 gets an increase of just .31% to take them from 7.1 to 7.41% of total employment based GCs.

The announcement has been made immediately after the house bill HR1044 passed with bipartisan majority in house on June 10, 2019.

Don’t Count Family Members for Green Card Numbers

This is a very good provision in this bill which clarifies and explicitly tells USCIS to NOT count the dependent family members towards the available Green Card numbers.

At this time, USCIS counts each family member under the same employment based quota as the primary applicant. This is one of the reason behind today’s extremely long waiting times for Indian and Chinese H1B and L visa workers.

An average family size of 3 limits the total number of green cards allocated. If only 1 Green card is counted for whole family, the total number of GC given could easily increase three fold.

H4 EAD for H1B dependents

The bill has clause to give authority to DHS to give EAD (employment work authorization) to dependents of non-immigrants visa holders like H1B and L visa.

This is good news for H4 EAD holders as DHS has contested time and again in federal court that the law should be amended to give H4 workers work rights.

DHS has been actively working on terminating H4 EAD.

Health Care Workers

Rand Paul has soft corner for nurses and has added a special provision for them in this bill to allow them to file an immigrant visa (Green Card).

Family Based GC per Country Limits

The total number of Green cards made available to any single country or dependent area in any fiscal year may not exceed 7 percent (in the case of a single foreign state) or 2 percent (in the case of a dependent area) of the total number of such visas made available under such subsection in that fiscal year.


BELIEVE Act Full Text

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Source: Bloomberg


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  1. grow up
    grow up 14 Jul, 19 at 3:06 pm

    oh yea..Also Germany has the best economy in all of EU and pretty much carries EU on its shoulders..

  2. grow up
    grow up 14 Jul, 19 at 3:06 pm

    I can bet a $1000 that all the negative posts are coming from buthurt Indians who joined consultancies and got their green cards or came here via family sponsorship and now cannot accept that others will get their green cards too..To the moran who says american culture will get destroyed, oh pray tell me what culture that is? america is less than 250 years old and it’s culture and history is deeply rooted in slavery and oppression of others(AKA non whites). The new neo-liberal/neo-conservative culture seen today is less than 20 years old. America’s culture and history is what immigrants brought in over the last 250 years. All these people are already here and most of them are parents of american citizen kids who will end up sponsoring them when they turn 21 anyways..So what flooding ..all these people are already here and established themselves with houses and kids and are already an integral part of their community and society. All your augments does is it reeks of jealousy. (I would say racism too but then like I said earlier, you all are most likely just bunch of butt-hurt desies or other foreigners)

  3. ClassiclLiberal24
    ClassiclLiberal24 13 Jul, 19 at 4:27 pm

    This bill is a middle finger to the American people. Expect more layoffs of citizens in favor of chattel slaves for half the price. Race to the bottom until we’re living in shacks stacked on top of one another, our culture is destroyed & replaced with foreign ones, and the future of America is shattered by ethnic clashes.

  4. justin g
    justin g 13 Jul, 19 at 5:25 am


    Who cares about federal deficits, balanced budgets, or a stable economy? Sure, America already takes in 5x the amount of the next country, but they should double it because “reasons”. Sure, you can’t actually show positive benefits to this, other than to pander for votes.

    Total disappoint that used his father’s good name to get elected….

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