NEW YORK (NEWS): Immigration to the US on the basis of family reasons is going to get tougher for unmarried children above 21 and married adult children and siblings. Indian Americans are one of the major groups which benefit hugely from immigration in the family class category.
A bipartisan group of US senators is fleshing out a bill that will make it difficult to bring in family members in certain categories.
On the other hand, the passage for high-skilled immigrants will be eased if the bill is accepted.
Quoting sources, the Washington Post says the senators want the number of those coming into the country under family class immigration be limited.
Since about 66 percent of all immigrants coming to the US fall in the family class, the thrust is to prune these numbers in favour of high-skilled immigrants as the US faces shortage of skilled workers. Currently, skilled workers constitute just 14 percent of all immigrants admitted each year.
The Post says senators are in favour of eliminating admission of unmarried children over 21 and married adult children and siblings from the family class category. Currently, about about 90,000 visas are issued per year in this category.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a republican from South Carolina, is on record having said that “we’re going to change fundamentally the immigration system. Right now you get green cards to adult children, to grandparents. What I want to do is reserve green cards based on the economic needs of the country, and we’ll do something for families. But the goal for me is to replace a chained migration immigration system with an economic-based immigration system.”
The senators – four Democrats and four Republican – will present their bill next month. The Obama administration broadly agrees with these proposals.