Washington, Sep 13: Millions of individuals caught for years within the employment-based Green Card backlog within the US, together with a sizable variety of Indians, can hope for a lawful permanent residency in America by paying a supplemental price if a new House bill is handed into legislation.
The transfer, if included within the reconciliation bundle and handed into legislation, is anticipated to assist 1000’s of Indian IT professionals who’re presently caught in an agonising Green Card backlog.
A Green Card, recognized formally as a Permanent Resident Card, is a doc issued to immigrants as proof that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing completely within the US.
According to the committee print launched by the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over immigration, an employment-based immigrant applicant with a “precedence date that’s greater than 2 years earlier than” can alter to permanent residence with out numerical limits by paying a “supplemental price of $5,000.”
The price is $50,000 for the EB-5 class (immigrant buyers). The provisions expire in 2031, the Forbes journal reported.
For a family-based immigrant who’s sponsored by a US citizen and with a “precedence date that’s greater than 2 years earlier than”, the price for getting a Green Card can be USD 2,500.
The complement price can be $1,500 if an applicant’s precedence date just isn’t inside two years however they’re required to be current within the nation, in accordance to the committee print. This price can be as well as to any administrative processing price paid by the applicant.
However, the bill doesn’t include permanent structural adjustments to the authorized immigration system, together with eliminating nation caps for inexperienced playing cards or rising the annual quotas of H-1B visas.
Before changing into legislation, the provisions would have to cross the Judiciary Committee, the House of Representatives and the Senate and be signed by the president, the report mentioned.
According to a report in CBSNews, if profitable, the legalisation plan would permit undocumented immigrants who got here to the US as kids, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries, farmworkers and different pandemic-era important employees to apply for permanent US residency, or inexperienced playing cards.
Reacting to the bill, David J Bier, Immigration coverage analyst at Cato Institute, mentioned, “employment-based candidates can alter if they’ve waited 2 years from their precedence date… that is virtually like abolishing the EB caps for adjustment candidates who pays $5K. Awesome!”
“For EB5, it is $50K price. Even those that cannot afford the charges or who’re overseas would benefit from releasing up this cover house for others. It’s unfair that the bill maintains the nation caps as is, so Indians and Chinese would be the solely EB candidates required to pay the $5K/50K,” he mentioned in a collection of tweets.
He mentioned that the bottom caps for range, household, and #H1B all stay the identical.
“Since H1B is the feeder for most EB, that is principally like protecting the EB cap the identical. No reforms to #H2A, #H2B, or different work packages, so nothing to assist unskilled employees/handle the border,” he mentioned.
“Basically, this bill will assist a few authorized immigrants overseas not directly, however the primary function is integration of current immigrants. That’s a noble trigger, however the immigration/migration a part of immigration reform is simply overlooked. No new pathways for employees, identical system,” he tweeted.
US Congressmen, together with Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi had final month urged their Congressional colleagues to assist their transfer to employment-based Green Card backlog as a part of price range reconciliation.
A gaggle of 40 US lawmakers, led by Raja Krishnamoorthi, had written to Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, saying the price range reconciliation bundle offers reduction to these people caught within the employment-based Green Card backlog, thereby strengthening the economic system within the course of.
Story first revealed: Monday, September 13, 2021, 17:49 [IST]