India is set to reap benefits from US President Donald Trump’s new immigration policy that hikes the quota for young and highly-skilled workers from 12 to 17 per cent; this will no doubt benefit thousands of young Indian techies.
Trump administration’s new immigration policy objective is to increase the proportion of skilled migration to the United States. The new policy lays out a merit-based immigration plan that would give preferential treatment to ‘high-skilled workers’.
“The current laws ‘discriminate against genius’ and ‘discriminate against brilliance’ because most of the legal immigrants are low-skilled people who would make low wages,” said Trump. “Our current plan includes a sweeping modernization of our dysfunctional legal immigration process.”
Trump explained that the number of green cards given to approved immigrants would remain the same. However, more, in terms of number, would go to exceptional students, professionals and people with high-level and vocational degrees. The US president said fewer green cards would be given to people with relatives already in the United States – 57 per cent would be awarded on merit, as opposed to the current 12 per cent.
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However, critics say the new immigration policy does not address the millions of immigrants already living in the country illegally. Every year, the US issues 1.1 million green cards, which gives foreign nationals life-time permission to live and work in the US and a path to citizenship in five years.
The new policy has been lauded by many as it will increase the overall education level of immigrants, attract foreign graduates and increase the current average salary for immigrants from $43,000 to $96,000.