Washington, February 20
Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi hailed the legislative transfer to eradicate nation quota for employment-based Inexperienced Card asserting that these reforms will assist the US to retain prime expertise from internationally whereas rising the economic system.
“As an authentic cosponsor of the Equity For Excessive-Expert Immigrants Act, I’m proud to announce that this immigration package deal has integrated our invoice’s basic reforms, together with the elimination of country-based discrimination for employment-based inexperienced playing cards and the rising of per-country caps on family-based inexperienced playing cards,” Krishnamoorthi mentioned on Friday.
“These reforms will assist our nation proceed to draw and retain prime expertise from internationally whereas rising our economic system and creating extra good-paying jobs right here. Any complete immigration invoice should embody these essential fixes to finish the inexperienced card backlog as soon as and for all, and I’ll proceed to combat for these provisions till they turn into regulation,” he mentioned.
Non-profit South Asian Individuals Main Collectively, in an announcement, mentioned the invoice is a historic piece of laws that proposes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants, together with greater than 6,50,000 undocumented South Asians.
The invoice creates an earned roadmap to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants, offering dreamers, TPS holders, and a few farmworkers with an expedited three-year path to citizenship, and giving all different undocumented immigrants an eight-year path.
It reforms the family-based immigration system to maintain households collectively by recapturing visas from earlier years to clear backlogs, together with spouses and kids of inexperienced card holders as rapid members of the family, and rising per-country caps for family-based immigration.
The invoice updates the employment-based immigration system, eliminating per-country caps, enhancing entry to inexperienced playing cards for employees in lower-wage industries, giving dependents of H-1B holders work authorization, and stopping youngsters of H-1B holders from growing older out of the system.
It additionally creates a pilot programme to stimulate regional financial improvement, and incentivizes greater wages for non-immigrant, high-skilled visas to stop unfair competitors with American employees.
The invoice additionally helps asylum seekers and different weak populations by eliminating the one-year deadline for submitting asylum claims, lowering asylum software backlogs, rising protections for U visa, T visa, and VAWA candidates, together with by elevating the cap on U visas from 10,000 to 30,000. PTI