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Country cap on Green Card removed by US, Indian H-1B visa holders to benefit

IBEF:  July 12, 2019

A Green Card permits a non-US citizen to live and work for permanently in America.

The bill titled 'fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019' or 'HR 1044' to take out the per-country numerical limitation for employment based workers, to build the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored settlers, and for other purposes, was passed on Wednesday by a staggering 365-65 cast a ballot in a 435-member House.

Lifting the per-country cap would for the most part advantage professionals from countries like India, for whom the wait for Green Card is more than a decade. Some of recent studies/research have said the waiting period for Indian IT experts on H-1B visas is over 70 years.

The bill likewise establishes transition rules for employment based visas from Financial Year 2020-2022 by reserving  a level of EB-2 (workers with cutting edge degrees or outstanding capacity), EB-3 (gifted and different laborers), and EB-5 (speculators) visas for people not from the two countries with the biggest largest of beneficiaries of such visas.

Of the unreserved visas, not more than 85 percent will be allotted to outsiders from any single country, said by Congressional Research Service (CRS).

The bill must be passed by the Senate (upper chamber of US Congress), where the ruling Republican Party appreciates a majority, before it can be marked into law by US President Donald Trump.

A comparable bill being supported by a bipartisan group of senators, including Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris, is slated to come up for thought soon in the Senate.

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