Immigration Reform: An Explainer on Employment-Based Visas

A Senate immigration reform bill released on Wednesday would revamp the country's immigration system in favor of immigrants arriving on employment-based visas versus those who come on family visas. That could redraw the face of future immigration to the U.S.

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One of the biggest changes in the bill is how immigrants will become permanent residents. People coming here on employment visas, in particular, will have more options.

Here are the changes you need to know about, with input from Madeleine Sumption, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute:

Per-Country Caps Would Be Eliminated

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