New Legislation on H-1Bs and Green Cards: Immigration Innovation Act of 2018, or I-Squared

On January 25, 2018, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced S. 2344, the Immigration Innovation Act of 2018, or I-Squared. It will increase H-1B statutory cap, provide for employment authorization for H-4 spouses and children, ease H-1B worker mobility, allow for greater immigrant visa number availability (thereby shortening the green card process for many), provide for greater mobility during the green card process, create conditional legal permanent residency for certain high-skilled workers and grant dual intent for F-1 students so that they may travel abroad while the green card process is pending.

It should be emphasized that this legislation must still be passed in the Senate and then in the House of Representatives and signed by the President. Even if passed, it could look very different.

My office will be publishing a summary shortly. Please contact my office for specific questions about the legislation.