House Panel Passed the EAGLE Act Draft

On Wednesday, April 6, the House Judiciary Committee advanced the EAGLE Act of 2022. This bill eliminates the per-country cap for employment visas and increases the per-country cap for family visas. This bill also grants backlogged applicants expanded travel rights and flexibility to switch employers.

The US Government issues a limited number of green cards each year through the employment-based and family-based categories. Still, only 7% of green cards under each category can go to applicants from a single country in a given year. This green card cap has resulted in decades-long backlogs for applicants from high-demand countries, such as China and India.

The EAGLE Act has 81 House cosponsors, including 8 Republican lawmakers. While corresponding legislation has not been introduced in the Senate yet, both chambers of Congress have previously passed legislation to remove the per-country green card limits as recently as 2019.

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Following the failed immigration provisions of the Build Back Better bill, the EAGLE Act attempts to advance immigration legislation through regular order and with bipartisan support.

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