Biden’s Immigration Bill Would Add 375,000 More Green Cards Annually
The US President Joe Biden’s proposed immigration bill would add 35% more green cards annually according to an analysis conducted by Boundless. As per the estimation made by the immigration firm Boundless, the number of immigrants getting lawful permanent residency or a green card would increase significantly by approximately 375,500 per year. As the current baseline is set to offer 1.1 million green cards annually hence it would be a noticeable addition of 0.4 million more green cards if the U.S. Citizenship Act were enacted.
While Covid-19 has impacted the immigration processes around the world, Joe Biden is now taking essential steps to accelerate immigration procedures. The new immigration bill would bring great opportunities for employment-based categories and the Diversity Visa program.
After enacting Biden’s immigration bill, an additional 80,000 workers holding advanced degrees would get green cards (permanent residency). The second category who’s going to avail the benefit of this bill is “first preference” workers. More than 78,000 green cards would be granted to this category. First preference workers are indeed an asset for any country as they contribute to its economy and resources. The researchers, university professors, executives, MNC managers, and those with extraordinary abilities come under this category.
Additionally, the number of Diversity Visas would also increase significantly by 70,000, consequently the same will reach about 120,000 annually.
“Just because the bill raises a visa cap does not necessarily mean that all of those green cards will be used in a given year,” said Doug Rand, Boundless co-founder, and immigration policy expert. If welcoming several hundred thousand more permanent residents to the United States each year sounds like a lot, it’s not, added Rand.
As the United States grants fewer green cards per year as compared to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. It’s a good idea to boost up the process and offer more green cards to the potential categories of immigrants.
The U.S. Citizenship Act would bring meaningful changes in the legal immigration and the various categories including spouses and minor children of permanent residents & sponsored workers, graduates with a Ph.D. in a STEM field from the U.S. universities, spouses and minor children of the applicant with Diversity visas, as all these would no longer count toward annual green card caps.
President Joe Biden signaled that he’s open to a piecemeal approach to immigration, calling on Congress to immediately pass measures where there’s bipartisan support even as he pressed them to adopt his sweeping overhaul. The president urged lawmakers to help bring an “end to our exhausting war on immigration,” saying that if they won’t pass his comprehensive bill, they should at least approve pieces of it “this year.” Those include a citizenship path for immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children, farm workers and those with temporary protected status.