This bill would change how visas are allocated to people from different countries. Specifically, it would eliminate the numerical limitation on issuing employment visas for people coming to the U.S. to work. It would also allow up to 15 percent of all the family visas issued to be for people from one country. The previous limit was 7 percent.
At least 10 percent of the employment visas given in 2016 go to people from countries that aren’t the two countries that received the most employment visas in 2012. The same 10 percent requirement would apply in 2017, except the comparison year would be 2015 rather than 2012. Basically, the bill would require that less than 90 percent of employment visas go to people from the same two countries.
The bill also sets limits on the number of transition and non-transition employment visas that can go to a single country. Specifically, no more than 25 percent of visas with transition periods could be issued to single country. For employment visas without transition periods, no more than 85 percent could be given to one country.
Additionally, the bill eliminates a provision in the Chinese Student Protection Act of 1992 that required a reduction in the number of visas issued to Chinese immigrants per year.