Senator Hatch introduced the ‘‘Immigration Innovation Act of 2015’’ or the ‘‘I-Squared Act of 2015’’ on the Senate today. The Act aims to get more skilled immigrants into the United States. It has three components:
1. It raises the amount of H1B visas available for skilled immigrants. The Act raises the number of visas depending on the time-frame during which the current numbers are exhausted. The Act also codifies giving H1B dependents Employment Authorization Documents (EAD). Dependents are not currently allowed to work.
2. The Act also aims to move the backlog on immigrant visa by increasing the available number of visas available for immigrant visa petitions by changing the per capita numbers for countries.
3. The Act allows immigrants to move employer more easily by allowing them to stay in status for 60 days after their employment is terminated.
The Act deals with some other things, including raising funding for STEM programs.
Visit this link to read the Act.
The I-Squared Act of 2015 tries to fix many of the persistent problems that have led to the departure of many American educated students from the United States.