Indians likely to benefit as Trump unveils new immigration policy for merit-based professionals
Trump has said he will replace the existing green cards with 'Build America' visa.
Trump proposal for a point-based system means people with skills will be preferred for permanent residency as against the current country-based quotas that favours family ties for green cards. Under the plan, 57% of the proportion of green cards, or lawful permanent residence status, will be given to people with skill-based visas as against the 12% currently.
The point-based system is similar to what Canada, Australia and New Zealand follow, which means skilled workers get a faster route to permanent residency status in the US.
“We cherish the open door that we want to create for our country, but a big proportion of those immigrants must come in through merit and skill,” said Trump.
Currently, it takes an Indian national at least nine-and-a half-year on average to get a green card.
“If this proposal becomes law it will obviously help Indian H-1B visa holders because it will probably do away with a lot of the green card backlog. There are a finite number of US Green Cards and they are taken by family-based petitioners,” said Vivek Tandon, founder of EB5 BRICS and an immigration advisor.