Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder, an American lawmaker, headed the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. This act was developed due to remove country-specific quotas for green cards in the United States, as it is unfair to people from highly-populated countries like India and China. For example if an Indian technology professional wants to apply for a green card under work visa, wait time can extend up to 12 years.
The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act have been already presented by former-Representative Jason Chaffetz, with Mr Yoder as an original cosponsor. This time, 230 members of Congress are signed on as cosponsors of the bill to support this act.
“Under the existing per-country percentage caps, large nations like India and China, which account for more than 40 per cent of the world’s population, receive the same quantity of visas as Greenland, a country that accounts for one-one thousandth of a per cent of the world’s population,” Mr Yoder said.
“With about 95 per cent of the employment-based green card applicants already living and working in America on temporary visas, the vast majority of applicants are simply waiting in line to get approved for permanent residence.”
“But high-skilled immigrants from large countries are forced wait two to three times longer under existing law,” he said.
The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act will let the skilled employees to obtain Green card fairly, in a sequence they apply.
Mr Yoder is also sure that it will help American companies to attract more high-skilled workers and raise the American economy as well. Moreover, helping people reside legally will assist illegal immigration resistance.
“And it helps the many immigrants who are already living and working here on temporary visas obtain permanent residence they’ve earned through hard work and dedication to our country and its values, raising their families and children as Americans right here in our communities,” Mr Yoder said.