Obama business plan ends country-specific immigrant visa caps

President Obama’s small-business growth plan includes a proposal to eliminate country-specific caps for certain immigrant visa categories.

The proposal, which is likely to run into opposition from some members of Congress, would eliminate the caps to “attract more high skilled foreign workers, including entrepreneurs” to the United States, according to a White House statement.

Business groups, particularly in the technology sector, have complained for years about the caps, which they say prevent them from hiring skilled workers and growing their companies in the United States.

In his State of the Union address last week, Obama called for making piecemeal reforms to immigration legislation if it proved politically impossible to do a comprehensive bill.



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