READ US INTRODUCES BILL TO INCREASE NUMBER OF GREEN CARDS
Tips to know about H1B Visa Process to Green Card Holder
After a series of panic with respect to the curbing of extensions for H-1B visa, the immigrant community in USA had something to cheer about this week, as the US House of representatives saw a new bill introduced, which sought to increase the total number of Green Cards allotted by 45% each year. The bill which also, advocates a merit based system is expected to benefit highly skilled workers, many of whom are employed in the technology and ICE sectors. It is presumed that many Indian immigrants will be benefited if the bill is signed into law.
Provisions of the New Bill
The new bill, which has the support of the Trump administration has been dubbed as the "Securing America's Future Act" and is expected to bring a close to the diversity visa program. The immigration levels are expected to come down from greater than 1 million to less than 300,000 each year. Though the overall number of immigrants will go down, skilled immigrants from India will have an advantage as the number of visas given under the diversity program will be drastically reduced. The diversity program is not available for Indians, and Indian's have had to wait for many years in line for their green card on account of the diversity visa.
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Indian Americans working in Tech sector to benefit from New Bill
The bill which aims to increase the number of Green Cards allotted each year, is expected to benefit skilled workers. Mainly the Indian-American workers in the technology sector are expected to be the primary beneficiaries of the new Act. These Indian workers immigrate to USA through the H-1B Visa Process for Indians. A program that allows organizations in USA to bring in highly skilled immigrant workers from all over the world to work in positions where US citizens are not available for work, either through a lack of required skill sets or lack of interest. The visa program has run into a lot of criticism in recent years as it has been alleged that many companies are using it as a route to cheap labor and are hiring immigrant workers at the cost of US citizens. Immigrants who enter the United States under an H-1B are allowed to stay for 3 years and then can apply for an extension and subsequently a Green Card.
Many skilled workers on H-1B opt to apply for Green Card and are given extensions to enable to stay in USA until their Green Card gets processed. According to some estimates, nearly half a million Indian immigrants are waiting in queue for obtaining their Green Cards, many of whom have to wait for decades. The proposed increase in the same is expected to dramatically reduce the waiting period and ensure that immigrants to USA who deserve get their green cards much earlier than before.
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The Act, if passed into a law is expected to benefit not only the immigrants themselves but also the US economy as, the immigrants will be able to set aside their concerns and contribute more at their jobs and to the economy.
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