I created this thread to discuss this bill which supports legal immigration reform. Republicans have re-introduced it and this thread is to discuss pros-cons of this bill and to see what kind of support it has from the legal high skilled immigrant community. This bill eliminates the per country quota for EB category and makes a separate quota for Masters and PhD STEM graduates for US universities. That should further reduce the wait time for EB2/EB3 applicants. The main question is: Will it get enough Democratic votes to pass Congress and if it does, will the President sign it or veto it as it has nothing for the illegal immigrants. We can discuss it here. I got this info from the Oh Law website. Below are the details of the bill as posted on their website: This bill proposes the following, among others: Increase employment-based immigrant cap numbers from 140,000 to 235,000 Elimination of 55,000 diversity visa program and use the numbers for those high skilled foreign workers with a medical degree, a dentistry degree, a veterinary degree, or an osteopathic medicine/osteopathy degree Create new EB visa category of EB-7 using unused EB-1A priority worker visa numbers and part of eliminated diversity visa numbers leftover to those foreign workers with a master's degree in a STEM field from a U.S. doctoral institution of higher education or with all master's degree courses in a STEM field, including all courses taken by correspondence or by distance education while physically present in the United States or those with a baccalaureate degree in a STEM field. Create another new EB visa category of EB 8-1 and EB 8-2: EB-8-1 for qualifying venture capital-backed start-up entrepreneurs and for self-sponsored start-up entrepreneurs and (2) EB-8-2 for E-1 treaty trader nonimmigrant status for 10 years or longer benefitting the economy of this country and creating at least 5 full-time U.S. workers for at least 10 years. Qualified entrepreneurs and family will receive conditional permanent resident status. Make EB-5 regional center investor program permanent. Eliminate the per-country limit for employment-based immigrants. Increase the per-country limit for family-based immigrants. Make Conrad J-1 waiver program permanent and increases the number of alien physicians that a state may be allocated from 30 to 35 per fiscal year, and provide up to three visa waivers per fiscal year per state for physicians in academic medical centers, extend dual intent to aliens coming to the United States to receive graduate medical education or training, or to take examinations required for such education or training, additional employment protections and contract requirements for alien physicians working in underserved areas, and excludes from numerical immigration limitations alien physicians who have completed national interest waiver requirements by working in a health care shortage area. Increases the H-1B cap to 155,000 per fiscal year, and replace current master degree cap by STEM master or doctorate degree cap of 40,000 per year.