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How would the proposed new U.S. immigration system work?

New legislation backed by President Trump could drastically alter the current immigration system.  Under the new system, highly educated, English speaking immigrants will be given priority to immigrate to the U.S.  While potential immigrants in many countries fear these changes to come, Indians may actually find it easier to obtain a Green Card under the amended immigration system.  Our immigration lawyers at NPZ Law Group explain how Indians could benefit from the proposed immigration changes.

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE)

The RAISE Act was introduced by two Republican Senators and has been backed by President Trump.  Under the Act, points will be awarded to immigrants on the basis of several factors, including education, proficiency in English, and youth.  The system mirrors others used in Canada and Australia. 

For example, immigrants that have a strong education will earn substantial points, dependent in part on whether the degree came from a U.S. minted facility.  Applicants with a U.S. high school diploma or foreign equivalent will earn one point, while a foreign or U.S. bachelor’s degree earns between five and six points.  A foreign doctorate earns 10 points and a U.S. doctorate or professional degree earns 13 points.  Points are further awarded based on age, with applicants aged 26 to 30 receiving 10 points.  Point awards go down from there.  Points are further awarded based on English proficiency and U.S. job offers.

Indians traditionally apply for a Green Card through the H-1B visa system.  This visa allows international workers in a specialty occupation to work within the U.S.  A specialty occupation includes one that requires a degree in the sciences, business, education, medicine, and the like.  Obtaining a H-1Bvisa is complicated and potentially time consuming.  It is far more difficult to obtain a H-1B visa than it is to receive a Green Card based on family ties.  Or at least it was, up until now. 

If the RAISE Act is finalized, Indians, who are often well educated and proficient in English, could find it easier to receive a coveted Green Card.  Indians seeking to become U.S. resident should consult with an immigration lawyer for assistance with applying for and obtaining a Green Card or other visa.

If you should have any questions or need more information about the way that the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Laws may impact you, your family, your friends or your colleagues, please contact the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Lawyers at the NPZ Law Group – VISASERVE – U.S. Immigration and Nationality Lawyers by e-mail us at or by calling us at 201-670-0006 (x107) or by visiting our Law Firm’s website at