Bill for more allotment of Green Cards introduced in US House
Washington: A legislation backed by the Trump administration pushing for merit-based immigration and increasing the allotment of Green Cards by a hefty 45 per cent annually has been introduced in the House of Representatives, a move that could benefit Indian techies if signed into law.
The legislation 'Securing America's Future Act' if passed by Congress and signed into law by US President Donald Trump will end the diversity visa programme and reduce the overall immigration levels from currently averaging 1.05 million to 260,000 a year.
It seeks to increase the allotment of Green Cards by an impressive 45 per cent from the current 120,000 to 175,000 per annum.
Indian-American technology professionals, who come to the US mainly on H-1B visas and opt for Green Cards or legal
permanent residence status, are expected to be a major
beneficiary of the 'Securing America's Futures Act'.
As per unofficial estimate, there are nearly 500,000 Indians waiting in the queue for Green Cards and have to seek annual extensions of their H-1B visas. Many wait for decades to get their Green Cards.
The H-1B programme offers temporary US visas that allow companies to hire highly skilled foreign professionals.