On Dec 17 2011 by William A. Stock

Bill to Reduce EB-2 and EB-3 Backlogs Held in Senate

Two weeks ago, I reported on a bill that passed the House of Representatives and would have helped addressed the severe delays faced by natives of India and China in the employment-based second and third preference visa categories (EB-2 and EB-3).

Yesterday, Senator Grassley, R-IA, informed the Senate that he was placing a “hold” on the Senate’s consideration of HR-3012.  Such a hold greatly complicates the ability of the Senate to pass the bill, as it is a warning that the Senator would filibuster the bill if it came to the floor.

You can read my thoughts on the bigger picture at AILA’s Leadership Blog, but it’s enough to note that for now, the bill is effectively dead unless other Senators can convince Senator Grassley to remove his hold.