Border Security and the roughly 11 million illegal aliens are the sticking point, but the majorities in both Houses agree on an Immigration Bill that will increase the H-1b visas. The Senate Bill increases H-1b’s from 65,000 to 110,000 and the Bill allows an even larger increase to 180,000 if the labor markets demand it. The Senate Bill also helps students who get master degrees in science technology, engineering and math to stay in the country longer. Unfortunately, 110,000 new H-1b visas are not enough, since last year over 120,000 H-1b applications were filed on April of 2012.
If the new Senate Bill passes, the H-1B process would substantially change.
The Immigration Bill raises the number of H-1B’s from 65,000 to 115,000-180,000 depending on a formula that incorporates the unemployment data.