In a move that could benefit over five lakh Indian techies, Donald Trump administration has introduced a bill to support merit-based immigration and increase the allotment of Green Cards by 45 percent.
As many are waiting for decades to get their Green Cards, the legislation, if passed by the Congress, will increase the allotment of Green Cards by 45 percent from the current 1,20,000 to 1,75,000.
The bill, titled ‘Securing America’s Future Act’ will help the US government crackdown on illegal immigrants as it will end the diversity visa programme and reduce the overall immigration levels from the current average of 1.05 million to just 2,60,000 per year.
As per an unofficial estimate, there are nearly 500,000 Indians waiting in the queue for Green Cards and have to seek annual extensions of their H-1B visas. The increase in the number of Green Cards per annum is likely to reduce their wait period drastically.
Securing America’s Future Act eliminates Green Card programmes for relatives, other than spouses and minor children.
“This bill offers common-sense solutions that will finally secure our borders, better support our frontline defenders, strengthen interior enforcement, and get tough on those who break our immigration laws. With this the president at the helm, we have the opportunity to provide the security and rule of law our founding fathers intended,” said McCaul.
“This carefully crafted legislation, which is aligned with the White Houses immigration priorities, combines enforcement measures and increased border security to enhance public safety, ensure the door remains open to law-abiding immigrants, and restore the rule of law,” said Goodlatte.