By Ira J. Kurzban

Congress is about to seriously disrupt and possibly end immigration of high skilled workers into the U.S. for the foreseeable future. Without a single hearing, the House of Representatives passed HR 1044, the misnamed “Fairness of High Skilled Immigration Act”, back in July. This legislation is a gift to the tech industry to grant permanent residency to Indian nationals, allowing them to use all available visas in the skilled worker categories for most of the next decade. The waiting times for residency under HR 1044/5386will go from 10 years to 17 years for everyone after Indian nationals use the visas.