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    Bill that would eliminate green card backlog for Indians blocked in US Senate

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    The Bill was opposed by Senator Rick Scott of Florida who wanted a carve out for Spanish speaking people. This comes after an agreement had been reached between Lee and Senator Dick Durbin who had earlier opposed certain provisions of the bill in December.

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    About 3,00,000 Indians, who are currently waiting for their green cards to come through would benefit if this bill is passed in Senate.
    PUNE: The passage of a bill which would do away with the backlog on employment based greencards was thwarted once again in the US Senate. The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 or S386 seeks to end country caps for employment based green cards and would primarily benefit Indians, some of whom face wait times of up to 200 years for their green cards according to Senator Mike Lee. The Bill was opposed by Senator Rick Scott of Florida who wanted a carve out for Spanish speaking people. This comes after an agreement had been reached between Lee and Senator Dick Durbin who had earlier opposed certain provisions of the bill in December.

    Currently, there is a seven percent annual country cap on employment based greencards, and Indians face the longest backlogs in getting their permanent residency permints.

    It is unclear when the bill would be up for vote next.

    The new draft of the bill which was agreed to in December included introducing changes in the H-1B visa program as well. The new provisions include allowing applications to switch jobs and travel while waiting for their green cards without losing their status, and also protects children from ageing out on turn 21. The key provision here targets 50-50 companies, that is companies who have over 50 employees, of which 50% are temporary workers, and prevents them from applying for any more H-1B visas.

    About 3,00,000 Indians, who are currently waiting for their green cards to come through would benefit if this bill is passed in Senate. However, the new provisions around H-1B visa regulations would have an adverse impact on a large number of Indian firms in the US. The bill was cleared by the US House of Representatives earlier this year.

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    11 Comments on this Story

    PONNALURI SITARAMA RAO38 days ago
    Why USA is concerned about Dragon nation in GC's above Indians? John : Please answer to this
    john43 days ago
    Why Senator Lee is so worried about Indians? This bill will not resolve the backlog, it just put all countries in the same situation. Why other countries should pay the price for Indian huge number of Immigrants?
    Manish Sippy44 days ago
    It will actually be good if they eliminate work Visa and green cards. Indians will have more projects executed from offshore. It will be good for both the countries and Indians will be able to spend more time with their extended family.
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