Senators introduce immigration reform legislation

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act ). The RAISE Act would restructure the current system of awarding visas for high-skilled workers as well as reduce the number of green cards offered to refugees seeking permanent residency. The legislation would eliminate the current lottery system for awarding H1-B visas for high-skilled workers and replace it with a skills-based point system to give priority to visa applicants based on “education, English-language ability, high-paying job offers, age, record of extraordinary achievement, and entrepreneurial initiative.”