Indian nationals in the United States in line for green cards can benefit from a Joe Biden administration.
The US President-elect has included the need to change the green card process for employment-based immigrants. As part of his plan, and if he moves toward that direction, Indians will be the largest beneficiaries.
As of now, the US issues 140,000 employment-based green cards per nation yearly, resulting in a huge backlog for Indian candidates.
“On the green card side, Mr. Biden has expressly expressed that he needs to remove the per-country quota. This change can also be presented moderately quickly and the advantages could show within a year potentially,” said Rajiv S Khanna, managing lawyer at immigration.com
A large portion of the applications under the Permanent Employment Program was for Indian nationals. In the initial 75% of FY20 (Oct’19-June’20) according to information from the Office of Foreign Labor Certification. China was the distant second with 13% of candidates. Almost 67% of these were candidates who currently had an H-1B visa. Eight out of the top 10 organizations that applied for green cards for their employees in fiscal 2019 were US firms, show data released by the US labor department.
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Easing the green card process is additionally attached to making the nation a more attractive destination for high-skilled workers.
The Biden immigration plan calls for ending per-country caps and extending green card availability for skilled workers. Even if he can’t get legislation passed, he can utilize his executive powers to give relief and a government that is really favorable to immigration. Should mean faster processing and more reasonable adjudications,” said Greg Siskind, founding partner, Siskind Susser, PC – Immigration Lawyers.
Policy watchers point out that while Donald Trump was the first modern President. To see both legal and illegal immigration as a net negative for the United States. Biden ran with maybe the most detailed pro-immigration plan in history.
A large number of the upgrades required for H-1B visas and permanent immigration channels require Congressional involvement. As of now, it is unclear what Congress will look like under the Biden government. But no matter the makeup of Congress, the challenges of passing immigration legislation cannot be overstated,” said Sarah Pierce, policy analyst, US Immigration Program, Migration Policy Institute.