US President Donald Trump yesterday rolled out a merit-based immigration system from which foreigners, including hundreds and thousands of Indian professionals and skilled workers, waiting to get Green Cards or permanent legal residency stand to benefit.
The immigration reform proposals significantly increase the quota for skilled workers from existing nearly 12 per cent to 57 per cent. Besides, under the proposed reforms, immigrants will be required to learn English and pass a civics exam prior to admission. Notably, America’s last immigration overhaul was 54 years ago.
Ruing that the current system of legal immigration has failed to retain and attract the talent and brilliant young people from across the globe, Trump said he is proposing a merit-based immigration system wherein permanent legal residency would be given based on points for their age, knowledge, job opportunities and their civic sense.