The US House of Representatives has cleared the Build Back Better Bill, which also includes significant immigration reform. A portion of the proposed changes in the bill includes a faster route to permanent residency. Also, a clear pathway to citizenship for their dependents who presently age out and lose legal status on turning 21.
Indians would be the greatest beneficiaries of this, given the long wait times. They currently face for a green card or permanent residency. It is estimated that there are more than 800,000 Indian nationals who are waiting for their green cards in the US. Also, it takes into consideration unused green cards to be ‘recaptured’ and allows certain immigrants to reapply for their permits. The Bill was passed by a 220-213
Indians to benefit from immigration reform bill passed by US house
The Bill now has to be cleared by the US Senate before it can be signed into law by US President Joe Biden. However, if the Bill comes into effect, it will result in fees for certain visa categories. Including the H-1B visa going up. The Bill proposes a supplementary $500 charge for every H-1B visa petition. As well as additional charges for a permanent residency permit and student visa.
“The House bill also includes critical improvements to our immigration system. To help people and employers who have been stuck in limbo for far too long finally acquire the security of permanent status in the United States”. Said Jorge Loweree, policy director at the American Immigration Council. “We urge the Senate to quickly debate and enact these significant measures. And we look forward to working with the Biden government to make sure they are a success. Also, we will keep battling for a more permanent form of relief for those who have been waiting for too long.”