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Issa immigration bill

Issa immigration bill

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is preparing to introduce an immigration bill this week that proposes to boost the number of visas for highly skilled workers while eliminating the diversity visa program that Democrats are keen to preserve.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is preparing to introduce an immigration bill this week that proposes to boost the number of visas for highly skilled workers while eliminating the diversity visa program that Democrats are keen to preserve.

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.....................................................................(Original Signature of Member)
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CONGRESS1
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ESSION
 
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To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to enhance American competi-tiveness through the encouragement of high-skilled immigration, andfor other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. I
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introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committeeon
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A BILL
 
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to enhance American competitiveness through the encouragement of high-skilled immigration, and for other purposes.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
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This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Supplying Knowledge
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Based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visas
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 Act’’ or the ‘‘SKILLS Visa Act’’.
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SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
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The table of contents for this Act is as follows:
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Sec.1.Short title.Sec.2.Table of contents.TITLE I—IMMIGRANT VISA REFORMSSec.101.Immigrant visas for certain advanced STEM graduates.Sec.102.Immigrant visas for entrepreneurs.Sec.103.Additional employment-based immigrant visas.Sec.104.Employment creation immigrant visas.Sec.105.Family-sponsored immigrant visas.Sec.106.Elimination of diversity immigrant program.Sec.107.Numerical limitation to any single foreign state.Sec.108.Physicians.Sec.109.Permanent priority dates.TITLE II—NONIMMIGRANT VISA REFORMSSec.201.H-1B visas.Sec.202.L visas.Sec.203.O visas.Sec.204.Mexican and Canadian professionals.Sec.205.Students.Sec.206.Extension of employment eligibility while visa extension petition pend-ing.Sec.207.Fraud detection and prevention fee.Sec.208.Technical correction.TITLE III—REFORMS AFFECTING BOTH IMMIGRANT ANDNONIMMIGRANT VISASSubtitle A—STEM Education Funding Sec.301.Funding for STEM education and training.Sec.302.Promoting American Ingenuity Account.Sec.303.STEM education grant application process.Sec.304.Authorized activities.Sec.305.National evaluations.Sec.306.Rule of construction.Subtitle B—Other ReformsSec.311.Prevailing wages.Sec.312.Streamlining petitions for established employers.
TITLE I—IMMIGRANT VISA 
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REFORMS
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SEC. 101. IMMIGRANT VISAS FOR CERTAIN ADVANCED
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STEM GRADUATES.
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(a) W 
ORLDWIDE
L
EVEL OF
I
MMIGRATION
.—Section
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201(d)(1)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8
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3U.S.C. 1151(d)(1)(A)) is amended by striking ‘‘140,000,’’
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and inserting ‘‘140,000 in fiscal years through 2013 and
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195,000 beginning in fiscal year 2014, reduced for any 
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fiscal year beginning in fiscal year 2014 by the number
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 by which the number of visas under section 201(e) would
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have been reduced in that year pursuant to section 203(d)
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of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Re-
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lief Act (8 U.S.C. 1151 note) if section 201(e) had not
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 been repealed by section 106 of the SKILLS Visa Act,’’.
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(b) P
REFERENCE
 A 
LLOCATION FOR
E
MPLOYMENT
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BASED
I
MMIGRANTS
.—Section 203(b) of such Act (8
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U.S.C. 1153(b)) is amended—
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(1) by redesignating paragraph (6) as para-
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graph (9); and
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(2) by inserting after paragraph (5) the fol-
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lowing:
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‘‘(6) A 
LIENS HOLDING DOCTORATE DEGREES
 
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FROM U
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S
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DOCTORAL INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER
 
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EDUCATION IN SCIENCE
,
TECHNOLOGY 
,
ENGINEER
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ING
,
OR MATHEMATICS
.—
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‘‘(A) I
N GENERAL
.—Visas shall be made
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available, in a number not to exceed 55,000, re-
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duced for any fiscal year by the number by 
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 which the number of visas under section 201(e)
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 would have been reduced in that year pursuant
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