AILA Doc No. 05112168 | Dated November 21, 2005
The House, on 11/18/05, passed a $49.9 billion budget reconciliation package by a vote of 217-215. The two chambers will now form a conference committee to resolve differences between their respective bills. The conference could take place as early as the first week of December, when lawmakers return from Thanksgiving recess.
The Senate bill provides relief from the H-1B blackout and EB immigrant visa retrogression in exchange for increased fees on some petitions. Specifically, the Senate’s package would:
The House version merely imposes a $1,500 fee increase on L visas without any attendant relief.
Your continued advocacy efforts are critical to ensure that the Senate’s proposal survives the Senate-House conference. Please send a letter to your legislators using the model letter available on Contact Congress. In addition, please urge your clients to FAX a letter to their lawmakers (on company letterhead) in support of the Senate’s proposal, using the Contact Congress letter as a guide. You can also look up congressional fax numbers.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 05112168.