Highlights: US to remove country quota for Green Cards
- A new Act was introduced to eliminate the country quota for the US Green cards.
- Candidates with STEM advanced degree from the US universities gets eligibility to stay and access green cards.
- Provides work authorization for H-1B visa holders dependents.
- H-1B visas, highly sought after by technology companies, are issued for three years, allowing US companies to employ foreign workers in specialized occupations.
- Plans to stimulate regional economic development through a pilot program and provides higher wages for non-immigrant, high-skilled visas.
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US Immigration reforms about Green card
A Green Card, formally referred to as a Permanent Resident Card, is an official document given to immigrants in the United States to confirm that they have been granted the right to reside in the country permanently.
US Family-based immigration reforms
Family-based immigration reforms are also proposed, aiming to keep families together by clearing backlogs, increasing per-country caps, and recognizing spouses and children of green card holders as immediate family members.
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STEM advanced degree from US universities
The proposed Act aims to simplify the process for candidates with STEM advanced degree from the US universities to stay and access green cards. It also focuses on enhancing the availability of green cards for individuals working in lower-wage industries, granting work authorization to H-1B visa holders dependents, and ensuring that children of H-1B holders maintain their eligibility as they grow older.
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H-1B visa Immigration Reforms
US tech companies mostly rely on H-1B visas to recruit employees annually, particularly from countries like India and China. H-1B visas are in high demand and are typically granted for three years and are non-immigrant visas. These visas enable US companies to hire foreign workers with specialized skills in fields that require theoretical or technical expertise.
US new pilot program for regional economic growth
In addition, the bill introduces a pilot program designed to promote economic growth in regional areas and encourages higher wages for non-immigrants, highly skilled professionals. This provision protects these visa holders from unfair competition with American workers.
The US Citizenship Act
The Citizenship Act suggests changes to the family-based immigration system to promote family unity. These proposed reforms involve recapturing visas from previous years to address backlogs, recognizing spouses and children of green card holders as immediate family members, and raising per-country caps for family-based immigration.
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