New Senate Bill to Increase H-1B Visa Cap and Employment-based Immigrant Visas

A new Senate bill was introduced on January 29, 2013 to
increase the H-1B visa cap and to make it easier for advanced degree holders to
obtain U.S. immigrant visas.  The
Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 was drafted by several senators including
Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah to respond to the current high demand for workers with
advanced technical skills in the United States. 
The highlights of the bill includes:

·        H-1B visa cap will increase from 65,000 to
115,000 with a mechanism to dynamically increase the cap based on actual demand
of the year;


Advanced degree holders will no longer be
subject to any H-1B cap;


·        Dependent spouses of H-1B workers will be
authorized to work;

·        Unused employment visa numbers from previous
years will be recaptured for use;

·       Dependent applicants, STEM degree holders,
extraordinary ability aliens, and outstanding professors and researchers will
be exempt from immigrant visa quota;

·        The per-country cap for immigrant visas will be


Visa re-validation will once again be allowed
from within the U.S. for E, H, L, O, P work visa;


A 60-day grace period will be available for H-1B
workers who lose their jobs.

It's very important to note that this is only a proposal
which may or may not become law.  In
fact, this one of the many proposals recently announced by the While House and
Congress regarding immigration reform. 
Because of the changes in political climate, it is generally agreed that
some form of immigration reform will likely take place this year.  It is therefore important to stay tuned for
any new development.


  • Phone Consultations
  • Weekend/Evening Appointments
  • Out of State Services
  • VISA/MC/AE Accepted

We serve clients from all countries and walks of life from investors, professionals, skilled labourers, and people wishing to join their family members in the USA.

Contact Us


Paul Szeto LLC.
190 State Route 27
No. Edison, NJ 08820 USA

Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin



Admissions & Associations

Bar Admissions:
  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • California Bar (inactive)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • California Bar Association


10.0Paul P Szeto
Paul P SzetoReviewsout of 31 reviews
Go to top