House Committee Advances Bill Slashing Visa Country Caps

By Grace Dixon (April 7, 2022, 6:30 PM EDT) -- The House Judiciary Committee voted to advance a bill that would eliminate the Immigration and Nationality Act's per-country cap for employment-based visas and raise similar caps on family-based visas, aimed at trimming immigration backlogs.

Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and John Curtis, R-Utah, had introduced the Equal Access to Green Cards for Legal Employment Act of 2021, or EAGLE Act, in June. At a time when backlogs have drawn litigation from frustrated visa-seekers, the bill would distribute wait times more evenly among nations.

Under the Immigration and Nationality Act as it currently stands, of the around 490,000 family-based visas and 140,000 employment-based...

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