Washington is full of high-skilled temporary foreign workers — teachers, doctors, researchers and computer engineers — who are waiting to become U.S. residents. A new proposal in Congress would change the rules for that process, pitting immigrants from different countries against one another.
Jan. 3, 2012 Neelima Reddy and her husband, Vishal Iyer, of Arlington County are both high-skill workers: He is a Web designer for AOL, and she crunches number for Fannie Mae. Seven years after moving from India, they are still waiting to get permanent residency permits. They favor a bill that would do away with caps on high-skilled workers from individual countries, making it easier for immigrants from big countries, such as India, to get permits. However, the removal of such caps could make it harder for immigrants from smaller nations to get permits. Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post Buy Photo