The following is an excerpt from BBC.com | August 3, 2017 |
US President Donald Trump has backed proposals for changes to the country's immigration law.
The changes in the Raise Act (the initials stand for Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) would attempt to reduce the number of legal immigrants by 50% over the next 10 years.
The proposals are a long way off being made law. They are likely to face resistance in Congress from Democrats and some Republicans.
Here is what is being proposed.
Number of green cards to be cut
This is the nickname commonly given to Permanent Residence Cards. They allow people over the age of 18 to live and work in the US and are currently given to more than a million people a year.
Under the proposals this number would be cut; green cards would be given to just over 500,000 people a year.
Employment-based green cards to become points-based
140,000 employment-based green cards are issued a year. At the moment people from outside the US can apply in three categories, with a top priority given to foreign nationals who have "extraordinary ability" in fields including science and athletics, or who are multinational managers or "outstanding" researchers.
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