Are you a highly trained US immigration motivated Indian with higher degrees? If yes, here’s something that will please you no end! The incumbent American President Trump is reportedly supporting a bill even as the same will largely enable the high skilled, educationally-privileged movement — the country’s strength — to the overseas hotspot.
The not-too-good news, however, is that it will be done at the cost of the family ties-based movement that has been the principal path for majority of the US residency motivated Indian aspirants for over 50 years.
For those not tuned in, the applicants from India employ both paths. However, the educated, high-skilled, English-skilled top has continuously found the goings tougher as they characteristically move via the H1-B guest worker corridor that is plagued with numerous roadblocks, as against those who move through the family ties a comparatively less demanding corridor.
In either of the situation, however, the aspirants from India are also checked by the nation specific allocation — 7%. It denotes that the candidates from some particular nations, such as Pakistan & Nepal (comparatively fewer in figure), have a higher probability of receiving the prized residency in the US, vis-à-vis those from India.
However, under the latest bill, put forward by two Republican Senators and duly supported by Trump, the educated top will be given a preference for Permanent Residency (PR), also known as Green Cards a status high on the radar of the several potential immigrants that normally & ultimately results in the prized citizenship.
Under the plans comprised in the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, the petitions presented by the young, educated, English-speaking settlers will be favored in a points-based structure that’s comparable to that already in use in Australia & Canada.
Here’s how the Points Arrangement will be actually put into practice: Decent education, predominantly in case the same is a degree received in the US, fetches higher points: a person with a US high school diploma or the foreign equivalent obtains 1 point; an overseas Bachelor’s Degree gets 5 points, even as a US Bachelor’s degree earns 6 points. An overseas Master’s degree in STEM fields fetches 7 points even as a US Master’s fetches 8 points. An overseas professional degree or doctorate gets 10 points and a US comparable receives 13.
Young people required to support the US’s aged people gets precedence. People aged 18 through 21 obtains 6 points, ages 22 through 25 obtains 8 points, and ages 26 through 30 receive 10 points. Post the same, it’s downward: aged 31 through 35 receiving 8 points, 36 through 40 getting 6 points, ages 41 through 45 getting 4 points and ages 46 through 50 receiving 2 points. Minors less than 18 and those over 50 years do not get any points, despite the fact that they still have the right to submit an application.
Points are also offered for English skills, as decided by the regular English test. Those with less than a 60th percentile ability do not obtain any points, those from 60th to 80th percentile receive 6 points, those in the 80th to 90th percentile series gets 10 points, the candidates with a 90th percentile ability or above gets 11 points, and the applicants in the 100th percentile range gets 12 points.
Most Important: Does a person have an employment offer in the US and what’s the quality of the same? While 5 points are given in case a candidate has an offer of employment that will offer not less than 150% of the median household earnings in the specific state where he will be engaged; 8 points are given in case the income is twice of the median income, and 13 points in case it’s thrice the median.
And, here’s the end result in case the bill successfully sails through: A young Indian person, from 26 to 30 years, who has just completed a Ph.D. in the US, is skilled in the English language, and who has an offer of employment of roughly 160,000 US dollars every year or above (nearly thrice the national median income, will be picked up for one of the 140,000 employment-based Green Cards America does out every year.
Significantly, a large number of Indians who move to the US for advanced studies, and who have to navigate through the H1-B circles presently falls in this particular group. Actually, a young Indian with an Indian Master’s Degree, who has expertise in the English language, and who has an offer of employment from a US firm, will have a good chance of getting the cherished PR in the US.
Obviously, this also denotes India may be robbed of even more of its finest & most talented.
Those who could hurt will be the poorly-educated, hardly English-proficient brother/sister/uncle/nephew of a person with the US citizenship, who rips a Green Card, courtesy family links, and who eventually ends up doing a job in a gas station in place of, say, Microsoft.
Reportedly, the RAISE Act would cut down the present annual legal residency permits by to less than 500,000 inside 10 years chiefly through he cuts in such family-based movement. At present, the US offers 1 million Residency Permits every year.