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Green Card Cap Relaxed

  • 12 Jul 2019
  • 2 min read

The US House of Representatives has passed the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act or HR1044, that removes the 7% country-cap on Green Card applicants.

  • This bill increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7% of the total number of such visas available that year to 15% and eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas.
  • Currently, according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services rules: No more than 7% of the visas may be issued to natives of any one independent country in a fiscal year.
  • The act if becomes a law, Indians would be the biggest beneficiaries of such a move.
    • Indian IT professionals, who come to the US mainly on the H-1B work visas, are the worst sufferers of the current immigration system which imposes a 7% per country quota on allotment of the Green Card or permanent legal residency.
    • Further, Donald Trump's policy of ‘Buy American, Hire American’ has resulted in numerous legal and administrative changes aimed at discouraging Indian tech workers’ immigration.
    • Lifting the per-country cap would mainly benefit professionals from countries like India, for whom the wait for Green Card is more than a decade.
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