When the comprehensive immigration reform legislation process is in place as the nation's focal point, these piecemeal immigration bills are usually introduced not for the purpose of being enacted as a separate legislation but for the purpose of calling attention as well as addressing direction of that component of the reform for compromise in the comprehensive immigration reform legislation process.
The other reasoning for introducing piecemeal bills is that in case congress fails to pass CIR, these standalone bills could have a higher chance of been passed by both houses of congress and eventually signed into law.
Please note that any bills that were introduced in Congress before January 1, 2013 are no longer valid. Congress (House of Representative) are (re)elected every 2 years (Jan 2011 to Dec 2012) and a bill is valid during this term only. Once a new congress comes in (from Jan 4, 2013), all older bills are discarded and they have to be reintroduced in the new Congress.
Below are the list of immigration bills introduced in new Congress (since January 4, 2013). Please note that these are bills only (not laws). You may want to read our article on how a bill becomes a law.
Bills starting with S (S.1, S.169) are introduced in Senate. Bills starting with H.R. are introduced in House of Representative. USCIS administrative fixes means changes which USCIS can do without waiting for Congress to pass the bill.
- H.R. 459: Bill to Promote High Skilled Worker/Investor Program and Eliminate Diversity Immigration Lottery Program
USCIS Administrative Fixes: