On Wednesday, June 2, Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and John Curtis (R-UT) introduced H.R. 3648, the Equal Access to Green Cards for Legal Employment (EAGLE) Act of 2021. The EAGLE Act phases out the 7% per-country limit on employment-based immigrant visas and raises the 7% per-country limit on family-sponsored visas to 15%.
The EAGLE Act addresses decades-long — and in the case of Indian immigrants, centuries-long — wait times for applicants from places like China, India, and the Philippines by eliminating caps for employment-based visas. Many immigrants impacted by the EAGLE Act already live and work in America; many impacted immigrants work in STEM ﬁelds with degrees earned from American universities.
- Nearly 80 percent of Indian immigrants have bachelor’s degrees, and more than 27 percent of Chinese immigrants have advanced degrees.
- Those immigrants already living in the U.S. contribute billions in taxes each year:
- Indian immigrant households ($50.0 billion)
- Chinese immigrant households ($34.9 billion)
- Filipino immigrant households ($20.5 billion)
- Vietnamese immigrant households ($11.9 billion).
For a section-by-section analysis of the EAGLE Act, see here.
Immigration Advocacy Updates | Support for the EAGLE Act
Immigration advocacy group New American Economy is running a campaign asking the public to contact their Congressional representatives in support of the EAGLE Act. The newly announced bill would address decades-long wait times for visa applicants from places like China, India, and the Philippines by eliminating caps for employment-based visas and raising the family visa cap from 7 percent to 15 percent.
The EAGLE Act’s predecessor, the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, passed the House in the 116th Congress with a resounding bipartisan vote of 365 to 65.
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