Donald Trump's call for a 'merit-based' immigration reform might be trumpeting and inviting mixed thoughts from people worldwide, but close to home, Indian techies are fostering hope. The US immigration system, as we know, is largely outdated and for several solid reasons, isn't well-balanced. Following the footsteps of Canada, Australia and a handful of other nations that have a 'Merit-Based' Immigration system, Trump has established the importance of how an individual seeking an entry into the United States must sustain himself or herself, financially.
Accentuating the significance of the latest proposal, Trump said that it would give the American economy a great bump -- for it will save countless dollars, raise workers’ wages and help struggling families – including immigrant families – enter the middle class. A publication called 'The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration' claims that the first generation of immigrant individuals are usually more costly to the Government, especially at the state and local levels, than the native-born generations are. However, in the hindsight, the second generation (immigrants' children) are placed among the strongest economic and fiscal contributors in the population.
Talking about the differences of the immigration between the US, Canada, and Australia, the USA's immigration program is much wider than the aforementioned nations. Right from 2001, at least a million people have been granted lawful permanent residency in the US. The fact that the US program is weighted about 70% towards family based migration along with 15% for employment-based and another 15% for humanitarian, does nothing substantial for the economy, might soon see an end! Because for a nation that's targeting an economic upheaval, boosting national skill base, thereby, creating more opportunities, the outdated and rather mediocre immigration program wouldn't be the best option. But what this proposal also means is that, there will be a stark decline in the low-skilled immigrants as the increase in the white-collar immigrants will enhance the productivity and economy of the USA.
What this proposed reform means for Indians is a great deal. As of now, the current immigration system restricts the number of immigrants from each country to 7% of the total, excluding the immediate relatives of the US citizens. Owing to this, Indians often wait several years to get their Green cards. And of course, there is a stringent limit on the employment-based green cards as well. The end result of this painfully slow process is that even the most skilled professionals with top-notch qualifications generally wait for as long as 12 years. The new proposal is sure to cut-down this waiting period, though. Looking at the current Indian community, the merit-based system would be a great value add and more importantly, serve as beneficial for Indians as they will find various opportunities to put their skills and knowledge to explore their areas of interest in the USA. Let alone the USA, this will garner the greater good for the global community.
As Trump announced on Tuesday, working together on this proposal might achieve the USA an income that it was eluded for decades. Needless to mention, across the globe as well.