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H.R.2131: SKILLS Visa Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about immigration
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Sponsor Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 22 (All Republicans)
Introduced May 23, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 15, 2014
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Bill Summary

Supplying Knowledge-based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visas Act or SKILLS Visa Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to set worldwide employment-based immigration levels at: (1) 140,000 through FY2013, and (2) 235,000 beginning in FY 2014 reduced by the number of returned visas resulting from the elimination of the diversity immigrant program.

Makes up to 55,000 (EB-6) visas, reduced by the number of returned visas resulting from the elimination of the diversity immigrant lottery, available in FY2014 and subsequent fiscal years to qualified immigrants who: (1) have a doctorate degree in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM degree) from a U.S. doctoral institution of higher education, or have completed a dental, medical, or veterinary residency program, have received a medical degree, a dentistry degree, a veterinary degree, or an osteopathic medicine/osteopathy degree; and (2) have taken all required courses, including cou...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 15, 2014 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 507.
Dec. 15, 2014 Committee on Education and the Workforce discharged.
Dec. 15, 2014 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 113-676, Part I.
June 27, 2013 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 20 - 14.
June 27, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
June 25, 2013 Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Discharged.
June 14, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
May 23, 2013 Referred to House Education and the Workforce
May 23, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary