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Bill to relax green card cap passed (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

The U.S. House of Representatives passed (365-65) the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019, which increases the annual limit of family-based green cards offered to citizens of each country and eliminates the country-wise cap on employment-based green cards.

This will have a significant impact on nationals of countries such as India, in whose case demand for immigrant visas (which convert to green cards upon admission to the U.S.) exceeds the number of visas available each year, resulting in wait times that could run into decades.

Indians to benefit
Indians account for an overwhelming majority (around 75% in fiscal year 2017) of H-1B visas, which are a pathway to green cards.

The Bill altogether eliminates employment-based green card caps. As of November 2017, China, India and the Philippines, in that order, accounted for the top three countries whose nationals got approved for employment-based green cards.

(Source:https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/bill-to-relax-green-card-cap-passed/article28393708.ece)



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