Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 07041363 (posted Apr. 13, 2007)"
During the weeks preceding and following the first day of H-1B filing, members of Congress introduced three bills aimed at reforming U.S. visa programs for highly skilled foreign workers or providing temporary relief from the H-1B cap.
SKIL Act (S. 1083/H.R. 1930)
On 4/10/07, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Securing Knowledge, Innovation and Leadership (SKIL) Act of 2007 (S. 1083). Representative John Shadegg (R-AZ) introduced an identical bill (H.R. 1930) in the House on 4/18/07. The SKIL Act proposes reforms to address the restrictive H-1B visa cap and alleviate the employment-based green card backlogs. Original cosponsors of the Senate bill include Senators Allard (R-CO), Bennett (R-UT), Hutchison (R-TX), and Lott (R-MS). The text of the SKIL Act is available on AILA’s Proposed Legislation page.
High-Tech Worker Relief Act (S. 1092)
On 4/11/07, Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) introduced the High-Tech Worker Relief Act (S. 1092). Unlike the broader provisions of the SKIL Act, this bill focuses more narrowly on providing temporary relief from the H-1B cap. The text of S. 1092 is available on AILA’s Proposed Legislation page.
H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act (S. 1035)
On 3/29/07, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced the H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act (S. 1035). In contrast to the above bills, S. 1035 would create new restrictions and requirements for the H-1B and L-1 visa programs. AILA opposes this bill. The text of S. 1035 is available on AILA’s Proposed Legislation page.