Washington: The US government has taken a crucial decision. This decision seems to have provided a sweet treat for those looking for permanent residence in America. Those caught up in the job-based green card issuance backlog can get a green card by paying a certain amount. This will benefit a large number of Indians. However, the proposed bill in this regard has yet to reach the law room.
Each country has a seven percent limit on job-based immigrant visas. This has led to H1B work visa holders having to wait years for a green card. Large populated Indian and Chinese immigrants are struggling with this provision. It was in this context that the US House Judicial Committee released a copy of the proposed bill. Accordingly, job-based immigrants who have completed two years beyond the priority date can obtain permanent residency without numerical restrictions by paying an additional fee of $ 5000.
EB-5 visa holders will have to pay $ 50,000. Also family based immigrants have to pay $ 2500 to get a green card. This amount is payable in addition to the normal fee paid for the application. The proposed bill, however, does not include proposals for permanent structural changes to the immigration system, such as lifting the country’s quota for green cards and lifting restrictions on the annual quota for H1B visas. Moreover, the bill must be approved by the Judicial Committee if it is to become law.
After that, it must be approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate. The law is then signed into law by the President. CBS News reports that if the bill becomes law, minors, temporary asylum seekers, farm workers and emergency workers during the corona virus era could apply for permanent residency in the United States. Immigration policy analyst said that the limit on visas has not been lifted. The Indian and Chinese nationals will have to pay this amount.
May Benefit Indians: Green Card For A Fee, Proposes US Bill.
Story first published: Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 2:07 [IST]