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Tim Cook roots for cutting Green Card cap

Tim Cook is the first high-profile CEO to bat for legislation which aims to do away with green card caps.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Oct 19, 2019, 01.50 PM IST
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The Bill calls to do away with the current 7% annual country cap on the number of green cards.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for the passage of Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, which favours removal of country caps for green cards in the US.

The Bill is currently stuck in the Senate.

“Immigrants make this country stronger and our economy more dynamic. As a first step toward needed comprehensive reform, I urge the Senate to move quickly to pass the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act,” Cook said in a tweet Thursday night. “The contributions of these workers are critical to America’s future.”

Cook is the first high-profile CEO to speak out in favour of the legislation, which if passed, will ensure Indian & Chinese nationals receive green cards faster.

Apple has actively been hiring workers on H-1B visas, and was among the top five sponsors of employee green cards in the first six months of financial year 2019 (September 2018-March 2019).

Apple was the second-highest recipient of H-1B visas in the first three quarters of the fiscal year, according to data from the Office of Foreign Labor Certification.

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, HR1044 was passed by the House of Representatives in July but has not been able to get past the Senate. The last two attempts for a vote by unanimous consent were blocked by Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Rand Paul, both of whom have proposed their own Bills aimed at increasing the number of green cards annually. If the vote on unanimous consent had gone through, the Senate could have bypassed committees, amendments and resulting public debates, and passed the Bill.

The Bill calls to do away with the current 7% annual country cap on the number of green cards. If passed, this would have a huge impact on the Indian and Chinese communities in the US, many of whom are stuck in 10-20 year wait cycles for their green cards.

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