US President Trump’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner is on the verge of submitting his proposal on immigration reform. Along with the many new changes already proposed and implemented this one is yet another one that is going to be in line with Trump’s “Hire American” stand. However, it comes with a silver lining for legal immigrants especially foreign workers on H1-B visas. They will be favored and can continue coming in on the H1-B visa program.
The proposed immigration reform plan is intended to be neutral in nature on most levels but aims to reduce the inflow of family-based immigrants. Without affecting the overall inflow of legal immigration, it will instead focus on merit based permits to enter the US. With almost 185 different kinds of visas, and over 1.5 million work visa holders having highly skilled, specialty occupations, this proposal may be a good thing for H1-B visa holders.
Some of its features are –
- According to the plan, visas will be issued based on merits of age, education, language and level of specialty occupation. Low-skilled immigrants will stand a lower chance.
- If you are wanting to enter the US legally, you should be able to support yourself financially. All H1-B and other work-visa holders are able to do so for themselves and their dependents.
- Immigrants coming from a high-skilled background, holding at least a bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree from a US university will have a higher chance of getting a visa since they display better chances of assimilating into the American cultural fabric.
Supporting documents outlining once educational qualifications provides a boost to the visa petition. Here is access to sample documents to support your H1-B petition.
- Having English proficiency is going to be an important consideration since it will help with having a uniform mode of communication, both professionally and from a cultural stand point.
- This immigration reform also caters to the professional requirements of the tech industry which is dependent upon a highly-educated workforce. With more than 83% of H1-B visas going to the tech sector, and a corresponding number of software companies petitioning for these work visas, the new plan will certainly benefit H1-B visa seekers.
- Work experience will be an important consideration according to the immigration plan. Since this is directly reflective of the contributions the legal immigrant can make to the US economy, he will be considered first in line. Lately, many RFEs were being issued in this respect.
- One downside to this plan is that family-based immigration will take a beating since this will be reduced to the very minimum. The immediate dependents of H1-B and other work-related visas remain unaffected.
It is going to be a wait-and-watch game as the plan is presented to the Congress for approval in a few days. But the good news remains in favor of H1-B work visa holder either ways. Stay tuned for the next updates!