A bill to provide a new pathway to citizenship for foreign nations was introduced in the U.S. Senate in late January. The measure, known as the Startup Visa Act, has previously been introduced-but like many immigration reform measures, the Startup Visa Act did not fare well on a couple of prior trips in the Senate in Washington. D.C. However, with new interest in the issue of comprehensive immigration reform, ideas are making their way back into the public debate on Capitol Hill.
Immigration reform ideas keep making headlines. This blog has reported a variety of ideas that have surfaced in recent months, from real estate investment visas to streamlined rules regarding EB-5 visas. Investment visas and employment visa programs are often referred to in many news reports. Studies have shown that immigration can help to fuel an economic recovery.
The Startup Visa Bill was recently reintroduced in Congress. A version of the bill was introduced last year, but never became law. In the current proposal there is a new little discussed provision that relates to certain current non-immigrant visa holders. Anyone who follows employment immigration issues in Florida may already know that holders of H-1B visas are allowed to live and work in the country. But an H-1B visa does not lead to the issuance of a green card.
Last year Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) introduced legislation aimed at creating a new layer of employment immigration law. The StartUp Visa Act sought to create an EB-6 visa for immigrant entrepreneurs.