Early this month, Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey filed a bill called The Visa Efficiency and E-Verify Extension Act of 2008.
The proposed legislation seeks to recapture unused or unclaimed employment-based visas and family-sponsored visas from fiscal years 1992 through 2007. It also provides for a mechanism allowing unused visa numbers in the future to be automatically made available for the next fiscal year effectively reducing, if not, completely eliminating backlogs (retrogression).
Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Maria Cantwell (WA) are also co-sponsoring the bill.
Meanwhile, the Emergency Nursing Supply Relief Act (HR 5924) is gaining some positive progress in the U.S. Congress as it was voted favorably by the members of the congressional subcommittee on Immigration last August 1st.
The number of congressmen co-sponsoring the bill is now up to 17.
September 2008 Visa Bulletin