India can benefit from USA’s Plan-to end the restrictions on the Work Visas

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The US House of Representatives has voted to end the restrictions on work visas for Immigration.  The Bill (HR 3012) has been passed by both the parties of the US House of Representatives. This bill completely aims at eliminating the restrictions from work visas and at the same time raised the cap on family immigration visas from 5 to 15 percent.  Through this US move the highly skilled workers from India will be at great benefit.

The current immigration and Nationality Act generally provides that the total number of employment based immigrant visas made available to natives of any single foreign country in a year cannot exceed 7% of the total number of such visas made available in that year, a result of which a large number of qualified Indians in particular are rejected because of this normally in the existing law.

Supporters of this bill termed it as pro-growth and pro-job. Speaking on the floor of the House in support of the bill, Congressman Steve Cohen Said the bill removes the so-called “per-country” limits from applying to employment based green cards.

He argued, “Because of this per-country limit, a country like India, with a population of 1.2 billion, is limited to the same number of visas as a country like Iceland, with a population of 300,000 and lot of ice.”

Cohen also said, “This makes no sense and has resulted in decades- long backlogs for nationals from India, as well as China, and it makes it impossible for certain US employers to attract and retain certain essential workers they need to help keep America competitive.   Indeed, from India and China there are many people trained in STEM areas that we need in our country to keep competitive.”

According to Cohen, removing the restrictions from the work permit visas will help in treating everyone on the first-come, first served basis.

He also said, “Because the bill does not provide additional green cards, it does not address the current overall backlogs. And that’s unfortunate. But the bill does treat people and those backlogs more equitably. To make sure that there are no unintended consequences, the elimination of the per-country limit is phased in slowly over 3 year.”

Jim Moran, Congressman said that the bill is quite essential for tech sector to grow and expand.

 

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