ANNOUNCEMENT 23 May 2013In May 2013, the government of the United States of America announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Congressional overview of the bill
See http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.2131.IH: and http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/hr2131.pdf.
On 23 May 2013, the bill H.R. 2131 was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives. It would amend immigration laws to increase the number of highly skilled noncitizens who could receive employment-based immigrant (permanent) and nonimmigrant (temporary) visas to live and work in the United States. In addition, H.R. 2131 would change the numbers of family-based immigrant visas available to certain categories of noncitizens, and eliminate the immigrant visas made available through the Diversity Visa program.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that, on net, enacting H.R. 2131 would increase the U.S. population by nearly 1 million in 2024 and in 2034. The bill has been approved by the Judiciary Committee and is awaiting action in the full House of Representatives.