Possible Priority Date Elimination for STEM Ph.D. Holders

A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, “The America Competes Act 2022” proposes to exempt persons with a doctorate degree in a STEM field from a qualified United States research institution, or a foreign institution if the degree is equivalent to a U.S. STEM doctorate who are seeking admission to engage in work in the United States in a field related to the doctorate, from the per-country green card caps. If this passes this will help address the Adjustment of Status wait times for India and China. This along with the possible recapture of the 400,000 unused green cards should help significantly lessen wait times for those without a STEM Ph.D. waiting for their priority dates to come current.

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