To the relief of Indian-American techies, a legislation for merit-based immigration and increasing the allotment of Green Cards by 45 per cent annually has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The legislation, if signed into law, can help almost 5 lakh Indian techies and it has been backed by the Trump administration. The legislation ‘Securing America’s Future Act’ if signed by US President Donald Trump will put an end to the diversity visa programme and reduce the immigration numbers from 1.05 million to 260,000, reports The Times of India. Indian-American techies who arrive in US primarily on H-1B visas and opt for Green Cards or legal permanent residence will hugely benefit from the ‘Securing America’s Future Act’ as the legislation seeks to increase 45 per cent allotment of Green Cards will increase the current number from 120,000 to 175,000 per annum. The H-1B visa programme allows highly skilled foreigners temporary US visa to work in areas where Americans are not qualified to perform. Till date, 500,000 Indians are in queue waiting to receive their Green Cards. The 45 per cent allotment will help hasten the process and reduce waiting period.
The Trump administration believes that hike in the merit-based allotment of Green Cards will curb the illegal inflow of immigrants and help the best and brightest around the world to work in America, that may help people from India and China to settle in US, according to observers. However, the elimination of chain immigration may affect Indians as they may not be able to bring their spouses and children. The legislation also proposes a renewable temporary visa for parents of Green Card holders to unite with families without paying hefty taxes. The legislation allows guest worker programme to help increase the nation’s economy.