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Indian-American Congressman hails move to eliminate country quota for employment-based green card

The bill was hailed as a historic piece of legislation that proposes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi hailed the legislative move to eliminate country quota for employment-based green card asserting that these reforms will help the U.S. retain top talent from across the world while ensuring growth of the economy.

“As an original cosponsor of the Fairness For High-Skilled Immigrants Act, I am proud to announce that this immigration package has incorporated our bill’s fundamental reforms, including the elimination of country-based discrimination for employment-based green cards and the increasing of per-country caps on family-based green cards,” Mr. Krishnamoorthi said on February 19.

“These reforms will help our country continue to attract and retain top talent from across the world while growing our economy and creating more good-paying jobs here. Any comprehensive immigration bill must include these necessary fixes to end the green card backlog once and for all, and I will continue to fight for these provisions until they become law,” he said.

Non-profit South Asian Americans Leading Together, in a statement, said the bill is a historic piece of legislation that proposes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants, including more than 6,50,000 undocumented South Asians.

The bill creates an earned roadmap to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants, providing dreamers, TPS holders, and some farmworkers with an expedited three-year path to citizenship, and giving all other undocumented immigrants an eight-year path.

It reforms the family-based immigration system to keep families together by recapturing visas from previous years to clear backlogs, including spouses and children of green card holders as immediate family members, and increasing per-country caps for family-based immigration. The bill updates the employment-based immigration system, eliminating per-country caps, improving access to green cards for workers in lower-wage industries, giving dependants of H-1B holders work authorisation, and preventing children of H-1B holders from ageng out of the system.

It also creates a pilot program to stimulate regional economic development, and incentivises higher wages for non-immigrant, high-skilled visas to prevent unfair competition with American workers.

The bill also supports asylum seekers and other vulnerable populations by eliminating the one-year deadline for filing asylum claims, reducing asylum application backlogs, increasing protections for U visa, T visa, and VAWA applicants, including by raising the cap on U visas from 10,000 to 30,000.

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