The U.S. Senate is to consider a bill seeking to raise the annual work visa quota for Korean professionals to 10,500.
Senators Johnny Isakson, Mark Begich and Roy Blunt recently proposed the bill to grant the professional or E-4 visas to Korean nationals. They are a separate category from the existing H-1B visas for foreign professionals.
A separate bill has already been submitted to the House of Representatives. Almost a quarter of the 435 House representatives signed their support, raising the chances of approval.
The problem is timing. The U.S. Senate takes a one-month break in August, while one-third of the Senate's lawmakers and all House representatives have to run in interim elections this November.
If the bill is not passed by the incumbent lawmakers, all pending bills are automatically scrapped.