Introduction to HR 3012

This rule seeks to eliminate the 7% per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants. The current quota for employment-based immigrants is 140,000, which has been in place since 1996.

Those who are affected the most by the limitation are immigrants from China and India. It is stated that this act is to prevent employment-based immigrants from getting hindered by the limitation, but this is very unfair to those from other nations.

Effects HR 3012 may have on the Korean American Community

Should the per-country limitation be eliminated, it is expected that the immigration timetable for Chinese and Indian immigrants will be greatly shortened. However, for those countries that do not reach the quota like South Korea, the processing period will be greatly lengthened.

What is more worrisome is that when this act is in place, Chinese and Indian immigrants will receive permanent residence en masse, and create a waiting period for those from different nations for permanent residence papers.

According to Employment visa statistics from the State Department, if HR3012 passes, 90% or more immigration slots will be taken from immigrants from China and India. It is forecasted that it will be impossible for other immigrants to receive visas for several years.

Since certain nationality groups are bound to increase in unnatural numbers, this will bring unneeded impacts on the Korean American community as well.

HR3012 Forecast

In the House, the act was passed unanimously on November 29, 2011. There was a hold placed on the act in the Senate by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). But after the act was revised with several security measures and reinforcement of enforcement clauses, the hold was taken off. Therefore, the possibility of the Senate voting on the measure in 2012 increased drastically.

Currently, Chinese and Indian civic organizations, National Immigration Lawyers' Association, and firms such as Google and Microsoft support this measure, increasing the odds of the measure passing with little or no opposition.

HR3012 Opposal Campaign

Currently, there is no movement to oppose this measure. Due to the Chinese, Indian, and large corporations' organized lobbying efforts, the voice of other minorities are not being represented.

To oppose this measure, we need assistance from not only Korean American organizations, but other ethnic organizations as well.

*How to Participate in the HR3012 Opposal Campaign*

1. Fax

The attached file contains the listings of all senatorial offices and sample letters for you to use. With this letter, it is important that faxes are sent to the Senators' offices. After you send it, please inform KACE so that we can follow up with it.

2. Send emails through the Senator's Website

Through the US Senate home page, one can use the sample letter to express opposal.

3. Postal letter

Sending the opposal letters via post is another effective method to express your dissent.

4. Phone calls

One can call the senatorial offices directly to express disapproval.

Please contact KACE for further questions and assistance. Thank you.

 

<Attached Files>

Contact List: US-Senate

Sample Letters: Senate Letter Sample 1Senate Letter Sample 2

 

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