Washington, Sep 13: Tens of millions of individuals caught for years within the employment-based Inexperienced Card backlog within the US, together with a large variety of Indians, can hope for a lawful everlasting residency in America by paying a supplemental charge if a brand new Home invoice is handed into legislation.
The transfer, if included within the reconciliation package deal and handed into legislation, is anticipated to assist hundreds of Indian IT professionals who’re at the moment caught in an agonising Inexperienced Card backlog.
A Inexperienced Card, identified formally as a Everlasting Resident Card, is a doc issued to immigrants as proof that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing completely within the US.
In accordance with the committee print launched by the US Home of Representatives Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over immigration, an employment-based immigrant applicant with a “precedence date that’s greater than 2 years earlier than” can alter to everlasting residence with out numerical limits by paying a “supplemental charge of $5,000.”
The charge is $50,000 for the EB-5 class (immigrant buyers). The provisions expire in 2031, the Forbes journal reported.
For a family-based immigrant who’s sponsored by a US citizen and with a “precedence date that’s greater than 2 years earlier than”, the charge for getting a Inexperienced Card could be USD 2,500.
The complement charge could be $1,500 if an applicant’s precedence date will not be inside two years however they’re required to be current within the nation, based on the committee print. This charge could be along with any administrative processing charge paid by the applicant.
Nonetheless, the invoice doesn’t comprise everlasting structural modifications to the authorized immigration system, together with eliminating nation caps for inexperienced playing cards or growing the annual quotas of H-1B visas.
Earlier than changing into legislation, the provisions must cross the Judiciary Committee, the Home of Representatives and the Senate and be signed by the president, the report mentioned.
In accordance with a report in CBSNews, if profitable, the legalisation plan would enable undocumented immigrants who got here to the US as youngsters, Non permanent Protected Standing (TPS) beneficiaries, farmworkers and different pandemic-era important employees to use for everlasting US residency, or inexperienced playing cards.
Reacting to the invoice, David J Bier, Immigration coverage analyst at Cato Institute, mentioned, “employment-based candidates can alter if they’ve waited 2 years from their precedence date… that is virtually like abolishing the EB caps for adjustment candidates who will pay $5K. Superior!”
“For EB5, it is $50K charge. Even those that cannot afford the charges or who’re overseas would profit from releasing up this cover house for others. It is unfair that the invoice maintains the nation caps as is, so Indians and Chinese language would be the solely EB candidates required to pay the $5K/50K,” he mentioned in a collection of tweets.
He mentioned that the bottom caps for variety, household, and #H1B all stay the identical.
“Since H1B is the feeder for many EB, that is principally like protecting the EB cap the identical. No reforms to #H2A, #H2B, or different work packages, so nothing to assist unskilled employees/tackle the border,” he mentioned.
“Principally, this invoice will assist a couple of authorized immigrants overseas not directly, however the principle function is integration of current immigrants. That is a noble trigger, however the immigration/migration a part of immigration reform is simply ignored. No new pathways for employees, similar system,” he tweeted.
US Congressmen, together with Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi had final month urged their Congressional colleagues to help their transfer to employment-based Inexperienced Card backlog as a part of funds reconciliation.
A gaggle of 40 US lawmakers, led by Raja Krishnamoorthi, had written to Speaker of Home Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, saying the funds reconciliation package deal supplies reduction to those people caught within the employment-based Inexperienced Card backlog, thereby strengthening the financial system within the course of.
Story first printed: Monday, September 13, 2021, 17:49 [IST]