H-1B visas not covered in proposed US immigration reforms

A proposed US immigration reform legislation is narrowly focused on Green Cards and it does not cover temporary non-immigrant visas like the H1-B given to tens of thousands of Indian professionals. The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, which was unveiled on Wednesday, “doesn`t deal with guest workers and temporary non-immigrant visas” said Stephen Miller, an adviser to President Donald Trump. “A Green Card is the golden ticket of US immigration and this round of proposed changes applies only to it,” said Miller, who was involved in conceptualising the bill. The bill would continue to allow immigrants […]

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Good news for Indian students, new US bill to support ‘merit-based’ immigration

In what can be called as a good news for Indians, President Donald Trump recently announced his support for a legislation that would cut in half the number legal immigrants allowed into the US while moving to a ‘merit-based’system favouring English-speaking skilled workers for residency cards.If passed by the Congress and signed into law, the legislation titled the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act could benefit highly-educated and technology professionals from countries like India. The RAISE Act would scrap the current lottery system to get into the US and instead institute a points-based system for earning a green card. […]

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