Taking inspiration from the two most prominent immigration destinations of today, Australia & Canada- US President Donald Trump is set to introduce a merit-based immigration system for the United States. Speaking to the Congress, the President suggested that America too should adopt an immigration system that gives way to professionals who have skills and can add a financial value to the country’s economy. In this context, he said “Nations around the world, like Canada, Australia, and many others – have a merit-based immigration system. It is a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially,” “Yet, in America, we do not enforce this rule, straining the very public resources that our poorest citizens rely upon.”
He believes that this system will prove to be a move away from lower skilled immigration, boost wages, improve the financial status of immigrant families and will also save money.Additionally, this immigration system will act positively in improving jobs & salaries of the Americans. A merit-based system could benefit technology professionals from countries like India. Currently, America draws a huge number of Indian talent for its IT sector through H1B and L1 visa. Both of these visas are non-immigrant visa which gives Indian professionals a right to settle in the USA for a short period of time. While H1B visas are valid up to a period of three to six years, the L1 visa is valid for a shorter period of time.
The most recent ban on H1B visas disheartened many of the Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, Scientists, Health professionals, Educators etc. residing on the H1B visa in the USA, but this latest statement of merit-based system introduction may emerge as a silver lining to the drastic black clouds of current immigration system of USA- sources say.