H1-B visa: Biden's new immigration bill brings new hopes for Indian IT professionals
As promised, Joe Biden proposes a new immigration bill to reverse the damages done by Trump's administration on H1-B visas.
Only after a few hours of being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden sent a comprehensive immigration bill to Congress which among other things proposes to eliminate the per-country cap for employment-based green cards.
It is a significant move by Biden's administration which will benefit hundreds and thousands of Indian IT professionals in the US, whose existing waiting period for legal permanent residency has lasted for several decades.
The bill gives priority to holding families together, growing the economy of the country, managing the border responsibly through smart investments, addressing the root causes of immigration from Central America, and also ensuring that the US becomes a sanctuary for this fleeing persecution, the White House official said.
Indian IT workers, who are highly qualified are the worst affected by the new immigration scheme, which imposes a 7% per-country limit on green card allocations or permanent legal residence.
The new immigration bill aims to establish a Pathway to Citizenship for immigrants living and working in the United States. The deadline for undocumented employees in the United States to apply for citizenship will be 1 January 2021.
The bill requires persons to meet certain requirements to receive a green card and qualify for citizenship after three years. Those that do not meet the requirements will also be given another chance to get a green card.
"The bill also addresses employment-based immigration delays by removing the per country cap. It makes it much easier for graduates of US universities with advanced degrees, in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to stay in the US. It also improves access to green cards for workers from the low wage sectors," the official said.