As part of a comprehensive immigration reform, Biden administration plans to increase the number of high-skilled US visas – including H-1B – as well as eliminate the country quota on the US employment-based visas issued.
As per reports, the immigration reforms could either be announced all together or separately.
Joe Biden is expected to reverse the move by the Trump administration of revoking work permits to the spouses of holders of H-1B visas.
According to The Hamilton Project’s A Dozen Facts about Immigration [published October 2018], “By increasing the number of workers in the labor force, immigrants enhance the productive capacity of the US economy. One estimate suggests that the total annual contribution of foreign born workers is roughly $2 trillion, or about 10 percent of annual GDP”.
As per “the Biden plan for securing our values as a nation of immigrants”, Joe Biden plans on restoring and defending the naturalization process for green card holders by streamlining and improving “the naturalization process to make it more accessible to qualified green card holders”.
By removing the existing roadblocks to naturalization, Biden seeks to restore faith in the citizenship process.
According to the policy document of the Biden campaign, Biden will be working with Congress to first “reform temporary visas” for establishing a wage-based allocation process, along with establishing enforcement mechanisms for ensuring they are aligned with the labour market and not used for undermining wages.
Consequently, Biden will support the expansion of the number of high-skilled visas, along with eliminating the limits on employment-based visas by country that lead to “unacceptably long backlogs”.
In an attempt at modernizing the immigration system of the US, Biden plans to –
|Create a roadmap to citizenship for the nearly 11 million people who have been living in and strengthening our country for years|
|Reform the visa program for temporary workers in select industries|
|Reform the temporary visa system|
|Provide a pathway for the legalization of agricultural workers that have worked for years on US farms, continuing to work in agriculture|
|Reject the false choice between employment-based and family-based immigration|
|Preserve preferences for diversity in the current system|
|Increase the number of visas offered for permanent, work-based immigration based on macroeconomic conditions|
|Create a new visa category to allow cities and counties to petition for higher levels of immigrants to support their growth|
|Enforce the rules to protect American and foreign workers alike|
|Expand protections for undocumented immigrants that have reported labor violations|
|Increase visas for domestic violence survivors|
Immigrants bring in tremendous economic, cultural, and social value to the country that they move overseas to.
Immigrants bring new life to the local economies – by starting businesses, paying taxes, and spending their dollars back into their new communities. As per a study, immigrants in the US are more job-creators that job-takers.
According to the Biden plan for immigration, “The US needs to retain the talents and drive of American-raised Dreamers to secure those benefits for our own economic health.”
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