House-passed green card revamp faces hurdles

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted July 10 to eliminate limits on the percentage of employment-based permanent residency work visas (green cards) awarded to immigrants from any one country.

The measure would apply to two types of work visas – EB-2 visas, for workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability and EB-3 visas, for skilled workers and professionals.

Sponsors hope the bill would relieve backlogs of skilled workers seeking permanent U.S. work permits.

Visa issues worsen skilled labor shortage

Supporters of the measure say that backlogs for skilled workers seeking permanent work visas – which can

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