Millions of individuals caught for years within the employment-based Green Card backlog within the US, together with a large variety of Indians, can hope for a lawful everlasting residency in America by paying a supplemental price if a brand new House invoice is handed into legislation.
The transfer, if included within the reconciliation bundle and handed into legislation, is predicted to assist 1000’s of Indian IT professionals who’re at present 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 “priority date that is more than 2 years before” can modify to everlasting residence with out numerical limits by paying a “supplemental fee of $5,000.”
The price is $50,000 for the EB-5 class (immigrant traders). The provisions expire in 2031, the Forbes journal reported.
For a family-based immigrant who’s sponsored by a US citizen and with a “priority date that is more than 2 years before”, 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 is just not inside two years however they’re required to be current within the nation, in accordance with the committee print. This price can be along with any administrative processing price paid by the applicant.
However, the invoice doesn’t comprise everlasting 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 turning into legislation, the provisions must go 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 youngsters, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries, farmworkers and different pandemic-era important staff to use for everlasting US residency, or inexperienced playing cards.
Reacting to the invoice, David J Bier, Immigration coverage analyst at Cato Institute, mentioned, “employment-based applicants can adjust if they have waited 2 years from their priority date… this is almost like abolishing the EB caps for adjustment applicants who can pay $5K. Awesome!”
“For EB5, it’s $50K fee. Even those who can’t afford the fees or who are abroad would benefit from freeing up this cap space for others. It’s unfair that the bill maintains the country caps as is, so Indians and Chinese will be the only EB applicants 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’s basically like keeping the EB cap the same. No reforms to #H2A, #H2B, or other work programs, so nothing to help unskilled workers/address the border,” he mentioned.
“Basically, this bill will help a few legal immigrants abroad indirectly, but the main purpose is integration of existing immigrants. That’s a noble cause, but the immigration/migration part of immigration reform is just left out. No new pathways for workers, same system,” he tweeted.
US Congressmen, together with Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi had final month urged their Congressional colleagues to help their transfer to employment-based Green Card backlog as a part of finances 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 finances reconciliation bundle supplies reduction to those people caught within the employment-based Green Card backlog, thereby strengthening the financial system within the course of.