SKIL Act and H-1B Visa Bill Introduced in the Senate
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Securing Knowledge, Innovation and Leadership (SKIL) Act of 2007 (S. 1083). Although the bill text is not yet available, the act is expected to propose reforms to address the restrictive H-1B visa cap and alleviate the employment-based green card backlogs. Senator Cornyn authored the bill; original cosponsors include Senators Allard (R-CO), Bennett (R-UT), Hutchison (R-TX), and Lott (R-MS).
In addition to the SKIL Act, Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) introduced a bill to temporarily increase the number of visas issued to highly skilled workers (H1B). Unlike the broader provisions of the SKIL Act, this bill, S. 1092, is expected to focus more narrowly on providing immediate relief from the current H-1B crisis.
We will post additional information on these bills as it becomes available.