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US Migration Likely To Get Easier For Educated, English Proficient Indians

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| August 4 , 2017 , 08:37 IST

The latest bill of immigration to the US backed by President Donald Trump is designed to change the family-based system of immigration into one based on qualifications and points. Applicants interested in migration to America will be judged on a series of parameters ranging from their age to their English speaking skills before being granted residency.

Currently, the primary route for immigration to the US has been based on family-ties which has resulted in adding on to the unskilled population in the US. As the immigrants are not judged on their capabilities, the result is unqualified, non-English speaking crowds that go to work to menial jobs.

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The proposed Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act proposed by two Republican Senators and President Trump calls for a point-based system that will decide on which candidates will have preference for permanent residency in US.

According to the points system, good educational background, especially US degrees or degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields will gain more points. Youth also get more points with the maximum points being awarded for those aged 26 to 30 years. English proficiency as judged by a standardised test is also considered with more points for those with better English language skills. Another major criterion is whether the individual already has a job offer in the US and how good the job offer is.

A downside of the points system is that India might lose more of its best and brightest.

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In a fact sheet released by the White House, ''for decades, low-skilled and unskilled immigration into the U.Ss has surged, depressing wages and harming America's most vulnerable citizens.''

''Our system does not prioritize the most highly skilled immigrants — just 1 out of every 15 immigrants to the United States comes here because of their skills,'' the White House notes.

''On average, 1 million immigrants are accepted into the United States for legal permanent residency annually, and most of them are low or unskilled workers. This influx is the equivalent of adding more than the population of San Francisco to the country every year.''

''More than 50 percent of all immigrant households receive welfare benefits, compared to only 30 percent of native households in the United States that receive welfare benefits,'' the White House note added.