Biotechnology industry leaders nationwide will be closely monitoring the progress of an immigration bill that is set to begin deliberations in the US Senate this week because it will affect their ability to hire professionals from overseas.
 
The bill, which would raise to 115,000 from 65,000 the number of individuals eligible for H1-B visas during a US fiscal year, is particularly important in California, where biotech companies rely more on foreign-born workers than any other state.
 

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