US Presidential candidate promises Easy Green Cards and H1B visa reform for Indians

It is not only in India where politicians make promises, but Biden Campaign supporting U.S. Presidential candidate Joe Biden has also released a policy document announcing the H1B visa reform and removal of green card country quota.

To influence Indian-Americans on the occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day, his campaign announced that if elected in the November general elections, they will reform the H-1B visa system and eliminate the Green Card country-quota which will result in the smooth green cards for Indian.

It is a historic moment for a Democratic presidential candidate to come out with an exclusive policy document for Indian-Americans. 

What is H1B visa and why it is always in the News

An H1B visa is a work visa that temporarily allows U.S. based companies to hire foreign workers in specialty jobs that require expertise. The original idea behind introducing an H1B visa was to hire the top talent from foreign countries. Many U.S. Companies depend on it and employ tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. In the last decade, this visa was utilized by Indian IT companies to support U.S based clients.

The H1B visa is like that “Dalit card” or “Minority card” heavily used by politicians and political parties in India. 

H1B is always in the News because U.S. political parties want to talk about it as it connects to American employment and American workers. Recently, some restrictions are imposed by the current govt. known as the H1B visa ban.

What is U.S. Green Card Country quota and how it works

U.S. Permanent residency, which is also known as Green Card, eliminates the requirement of Work Visas such as H1b, L1, etc. The U.S. citizenship can be applied after completing 5 years on Green Card.

However, here is a catch, there is an annual limit, and only 140,000 employment-based green cards are issued per fiscal year—no more than 7% of the total green cards approved annually per foreign country. When the number of people applied is more than the 7% country limit, a backlog is created on a first-come, first basis.

As per the Washington Post report, over 8 lacs people are waiting for the U.S green cards. Removing country quota means the majority of these Indians will get the permanent residency.

Promises announced by Biden for H1B visa reform and Green Cards.

  • Increase the number of visas for permanent, work-based immigration Green Card
  • Support for the family-based immigration system and reducing the family visa backlog; Streamline processing for religious worker visas.
  • Support H1B visa reform for high-skill, specialty jobs to protect wages and workers and eliminate the country limits on employment-based Green Cards by country, which have kept so many Indian families in waiting for too long
  • Restore and defend the naturalization process (U.S. citizenship) for Green Card holders.
  • Provide citizenship priority for 11 million undocumented immigrants, including more than 500,000 from India.

Why would U.S. Presidential candidate promises H1B visa reform and Easy Green Cards for Indians

There are nearly 1.3 million eligible Indian-American voters across eight U.S states and wish to get the support on immigration for their family members. It appears to be in a move to woo the influential Indian-American community for upcoming elections.

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