The US Citizenship Act 2021 proposed by President Joe Biden, which, among other things, aims to lift the upper limit for employment-related green cards per country, will be introduced in Congress on Thursday. That would benefit hundreds and thousands of Indian IT professionals in America.
In an important step, those who waited longer than 10 years for a green card would be given legal permanent residence immediately as they would be exempt from the visa cap. Indian IT pros, who have been waiting for more than a decade and numbering in the thousands, are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries of this bill.
To be introduced by Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Linda Sanchez in the House of Representatives, the US Citizenship Act 2021, which gives 11 million undocumented immigrants an eight-year path to citizenship, must be passed by Congress before it can do it into the white Sent home for Biden to sign the law.
Biden’s government is now calling them non-citizens to better reflect the president’s values on immigration, a senior administrative official said.
The bill, which Biden sent to Congress hours after he was sworn in as president on January 20, removes work-related visa backlogs, retrieves unused visas, cuts long waiting times and removes visa caps per country.
The bill will make it easier for graduates from US universities with advanced STEM degrees to stay in the US. improve access to green cards for workers in low-wage sectors; and removes other unnecessary barriers to employment-related green cards.
It allows relatives of H-1B visa holders to work and prevents children from “aging” out of the system.
“Spouses, permanent partners, and children under the age of 21 of legal permanent residents are now exempt from the limits. This is a change in the law. This currently applies to US citizens.
There’s an admission rate that I think people are probably aware of is a seven percent cap per country, and we’re raising that to 20 percent, “said a senior administrator.
The bill also picks up the three on the 10 year illegal attendance bar. It also increases the diversity visa from the current 55,000 to 80,000.
The bill, the official said, aims to reduce the backlog on the employment-related green card, which would benefit hundreds and thousands of Indian IT professionals.
In addition to removing the per-country cap in this category, the bill exempts spouses and children, who are lead applicants, from the numbers for families in employment.
“We are also exempting anyone from the numbers who has been waiting for a visa to be available for more than 10 years,” said the chief administrative officer on condition of anonymity.
“In addition, we are exempting those with advanced master degrees so that they can stay in the country and contribute to the economy and innovation,” the official said.
In particular, the largest number of foreign students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees come from India.
“We are creating a pilot program to stimulate regional economic development. Therefore, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the authority to establish a five-year pilot program that allows any county or township executive to apply for additional immigrant visas in support of the program’s economic development strategy.” said the officer.
The bill also provides for a pilot program to stimulate regional economic development, gives the DHS the power to adapt green cards to macroeconomic conditions, and incentivizes higher wages for highly skilled nonimmigrant visas to prevent unfair competition with American workers.
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