The US House of Representatives has come up with a proposal that might end the per-country Green Card limit. The law is yet to be passed. However, if passed, it would benefit thousands of Indian Immigrants aiming for Permanent Residency in the US.
Top-notch companies like Google have supported this initiative. If the proposal is signed by Congress, Immigrants on H-1B Visa would benefit hugely from it. Presently, the wait time for the Green Card is over a decade. This often becomes a concern for Immigrants holding H-1B Visa.
The Green Card allows Immigrants to live and work permanently in the US. The country produces nearly 140,000 Green Cards every year. They are given to Immigrants who are staying in the US on H-1B Visa.
According to the existing law, only 7% of the Green Cards can go to Immigrants of a particular country. This is irrespective of the population of the country. Due to this rule, an Indian or Chinese Immigrant usually has to wait for a decade to get the Green Card. This often seems unfair to Immigrants from highly-populated countries.
Republican Mike Lee and Kamala Harris have introduced the same bill in the Senate. They said that the strength of the US lies in their diversity and unity. They must endorse family reunification. The Immigrants should be able to continue to contribute to the country, they added.
The bill has been backed by 13 more Senators. It aims at creating a ‘first come, first served’ system. It should clear the backlogs and award the Green Card more effectively, as quoted by Business Today. Several organizations like Immigration Voice and the Information Technology Council have endorsed the bill.
The US House of Representatives has confirmed that the Immigration system in the US has been broken for decades. Immigrants often suffer for this reason. However, the country must take actions to cater to their needs. They have been the country’s strength. Their skills and expertise help the country thrive. Hence, they plan to remove any form of discrimination from the Immigration system.
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