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New Immigration Reform Bill 2013 - Explained



BORDER SECURITY

100 % surveillance of the border with Mexico
90 % of would-be crossers are caught or turned back.
About 3,500 new Customs agents would be hired.


PATH TO CITIZENSHIP

Estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally could obtain "registered provisional immigrant status”. After 10 years in provisional status, immigrants can seek a green card and lawful permanent resident status if they are current on their taxes and pay a $1,000 fine, have maintained continuous physical presence in the U.S., meet work requirements and learn English.


HIGH-SKILLED WORKERS

H-1B Cap to be raised from 65,000 a year to 110,000 a year, with 25,000 more set aside for people with advanced degrees in STEM from a U.S. school. Graduates of U.S. universities with job offers and degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) would be exempted from green-card limits. The bill would eliminate the Lottery Visa which randomly awards 55,000 visas to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States.


EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION

It will be mandatory for all the companies to implement E-Verify within 4 years, a program to electronically verify their workers' legal status. As part of that, noncitizens would be required to show photo ID that must match with a photo in the E-Verify system.


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