Proposed US immigration bill may end up being a blessing for Indian students

Moneycontrol News

The new US bill that plans to halve legal immigration in the country may become a blessing for Indian students. The proposed law will replace the present lottery-based system with a merit-based selection that will be favourable to Indians.

According to the Zee News, the new Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act legislation has the support of Donald Trump. The act could aid Indians as it gives priority to skilled workers with English speaking skills.

The present system would be replaced by a points-based system for green card. A person’s English language skills, education, high-paying job offer and age will be given priority for selection.

According to reports Trump had said that “The RAISE Act will reduce poverty, increase wages, and save billions and billions of dollars for the taxpayers. It will do this by changing the way the US issues green cards to nationals from other countries. Green cards provide permanent residency, work authorisation and fast track to citizenship.”

The new law is a step by the US administration to prevent the entry of unskilled immigrants who affect welfare schemes. It will also prevent US workers losing their livelihood to unskilled immigrants who are ready to work on cheap wages.

“They’re not going to come in and just immediately go and collect welfare. That doesn’t happen under the RAISE Act. They can’t do that. Crucially, the green card reforms in the RAISE Act will give American workers a pay raise by reducing unskilled immigration,” he had said.


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