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Trump unveils new bill, curbing legal migration by 50pc

07 August 2017

The proposed bill will be on a similar point based system to that seen in countries Canada and Australia.

President Trump is backing what many call a sensible immigration policy based on visas with a point system.

And just this week, we announced a historic immigration bill to create a merit-based Green Card system that ends the abuse of our welfare system, stops chain migration and protects our workers and our economy.

Under the plan - if approved by Congress, which will be a heavy lift - the highest point-getting candidate, for example, not including special circumstances, would be a 26- to 31-year-old with a US-based doctorate or professional degree, who speaks almost ideal English and who has a salary offer that's three times as high as the median income where they are.

The proposals would reform the process of obtaining a United States green card by introducing a points-based system favouring skilled anglophone workers. A foreign professional degree or doctorate earns 10 points and a USA equivalent earns 13.

A foreign master's degree in STEM fields earns seven points while a USA master's degree earns eight points. For instance, people aged between 18 and 21 get six points, 22-25 get eight, and 26-30 get 10 points. They'd get more points if they have any additional awards.

Topping it all is whether an individual has a job offer in the USA and how good the offer is: Five points are awarded if an applicant has a job offer that will pay at least 150% of median household income in the state where he or she will be employed; eight points if pay is 200% of median income, and 13 points if it's 300% the median. Minors under the age of 18 and those over the age of 50 receive no points, though they can still apply. A foreign professional degree or doctorate earns 10 points and a U.S. equivalent earns 13.

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"We looked at countries like Canada, Australia, and others", Purdue said.

If the bill gets passed and signed in law, the country will move to a 'merit-based 'system supporting only English-speaking skilled workers for residency cards and technology professionals from countries like India.

Highly-skilled Indians are mostly dependent on H-1B visas to get entry into the United States and uses the family path quite less.

Those who might be hit will be the poorly-educated, barely English-proficient brother/sister/uncle/nephew of a United States citizen who snags a Green Card thanks to family ties, and who goes on to work in a gas station instead of Google or in Dunkin Donuts franchise instead of Facebook.

Yes, Trump may give entry to high skilled, educationally-privileged Indians at the expense of family ties-based immigration that has been the primary route for more than half a century. Perhaps he's referring to the possibility that the most unskilled native workers might command modestly higher wages. Cotton and Perdue introduced the idea, they stated that their goal was to reduce "legal" immigration to less than half of the 1 million annually who come here today. However, India is among the top countries whose residents get green cards every year and from fiscal 2010 to 2014 about 36 percent of employment-related green cards- more than 222,000- were given to H-1B visa holders, pointed out the study.

Trump has made tackling illegal immigration from Latin America a key plank of his politics.

Trump unveils new bill, curbing legal migration by 50pc