Experts in the US have turned down claims that US L-1 Visas will be affected by the latest RAISE act announced by the White House. President Trump had announced the ‘Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act on August 2. He was joined by US Senate members Tom Cotton and David Perdue. Trump also said that this was the first sensible immigration bill being introduced under his Presidency.
It was initially feared that skilled immigration to the US would suffer owing to the RAISE Act. White House sources have said that US L-1 Visas will not be affected by this act. Other provisional US non-immigrant visas like the E1 and E2 visas, TNs and H1Bs will also remain unaffected said the sources.
The new bill on immigration aims to decrease the value of immigration based on family. Nevertheless, the impact on family based on visas is unclear, as quoted by the Workpermit. For instance the applicants of L2 visas who are family members of US L-1 Visas holders.
The RAISE act intends to revamp the immigration system of the US to points based one on the lines of Canada and Australia. Then factors such as education age, salary, and proficiency in the English language will determine the entry of an immigrant to the US.
In case the bill is passed, it will radically transform the visa landscape of the US. It will eliminate existing pathways to US PR for adult children and siblings of US Green Card holders and nationals. The chances for their minors and spouses will be limited. The chances of securing a Green Card are higher for US L-1 Visas holders while compared to the L-1B visas holders.
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