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Indians likely to benefit as US unveils new immigration policy

In a pathbreaking policy speech US President Donald Trump is geared up to announce a new proposal to refurbish the United state’s immigration policy that would give preference to foreigners based on merit rather than the present system that gives preference to family ties. This is being seen as a move that could end the tedious Green Card wait for hundreds and thousands of Indian professionals.

The policy has been thought out Trump’s son-in-law, Jarred Kushner, the new plan primarily focusses on strengthening and increasing border security and revamping the system of Green Card or legal permanent residency so as to ensure that people with merit, higher degrees and professional qualifications can get an easier access to the immigration system.

Presently, about 66% of the green cards are given to those with family ties and only 12 per cent are merit based. The Trump Administration intends to revamp this. Trump is scheduled to introduce his plan at the Rose Garden of the White House Thursday afternoon.

However, the plan faces an uphill task mainly because of the severely divided Congress on partisan lines, especially on the issue of immigration reform.

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