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Remove Country quota for Green Card – US Lawmaker

Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder has asked for the country quota for Green Card to be scrapped. He argued that it would not be serving justice to the people from countries like India and China. Kevin who hails from Kansas became the lead sponsor of the previously Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act.

Interestingly, The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act was previously introduced by former-Representative Jason Chaffetz, with Yoder as an original cosponsor and yesterday, Kevin became the lead sponsor.

230 Members of Congress are signed on as cosponsors of the bill, with more than 100 Members from each party in supporting this act.

“Under the existing per-country percentage caps, large nations like India and China, which account for more than 40 percent of the world’s population, receive the same amount of visas as Greenland, a country that accounts for one-one thousandth of a per cent of the world’s population,” Yoder said. He also added 
“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,” 

Yoder noted that US is a nation of immigrants and nation of laws. He opined that all equally-qualified, highly-skilled employees should receive green cards in the order they apply and based solely on the skills they are bringing to America rather than being discriminated.

This looks like a challenge to the US President Donald Trump who has imposed VISA restrictions on overseas workers.

 

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