Deriving energy from Donald Trump’s patriotic and domestic labour promotion campaign, two US senators have proposed a new legislation to cut down legal immigration into the US. Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue have introduced Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment or Raise Act aimed to cut immigration avenues for people from across the world.
Though the Bill is aimed to reduce the immigration of non-skilled people into USA, the bill is going to be a big setback for Indians who have little skill and at the same time would like to settle in the US.
The Bill proposes to reduce the number of green card or legal permanent residency issued every year from about a million at present to half a million. Usually, relatives of existing visa holders are getting into the US using the non-skill visa. At the same time, the Bill retains current immigration preferences for the spouses and minor children of US citizens and legal permanent residents
Thousands of Indian citizens are awaiting green cards on employment based categories. They are expecting a US citizenship in short time, but may be adversely affected by the RAISE law. The bill is supposed to have the blessings of Trump administration. Though targeting the non-skill aspirants, the bill is silent about skilled people who are attaining H-1B visas.