While truly useful legislation benefitting large numbers of immigrants is nowhere to be seen yet, there have been some smaller pieces of legislation proposed in Congress this session which would benefit some groups of immigrants. This includes the following:
THE NURSING RELIEF ACT OF 2009, which creates 50,000 temporary visas (W Visas) for RNs. The visa would involve rules that are very similar to H-1B work visas including a validity period of three years with the possibility of renewals, a prevailing wage requirement, and the permission of dual intent.
THE OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF FISCAL YEAR 2009, which may extend certain expiring immigration programs such as the EB-5 Regional Center investment Pilor Program and the non-minister religious worker program.