In the previous instance, the Trump administration revoked the 7% country-cap norm for green card applicants and now in yet another rejig has announced new set of rules that could affect individuals applying for permanent residencies and visas to the US. As per the new rule, income will be made a major criterion in the issuance of visa and grant of permanent residency.
And it is advocated that the rule could reduce legal immigration by half as visas and permanent residency will be denied to many on account of being poor. It is estimated that there are nearly 5.5 lakh applicants for green cards on an average per year.
Here is all you should know about the new visa, Green card rules:
In a case when temporary or permanent visas applicants do not meet high enough income levels, the officers of US Citizenship and Immigration Services will reject them. Further factors including household income, health and education will be factored in while deciding on the issuance of Visa.
As and when the new rule kicks in, immigrants covered by government-backed health insurance or who resort to any other form of public assistance will not be granted Green Card.
The new immigration rules will come into effect from October 15. As per the report by AP, the rules do not apply to US citizens even in a case when the US citizen shares some relationship with an immigrant who falls within the ambit of these rules.
Asylum seekers and refugees will be exempt from the new norms and the the rules would not be applied retroactively, officials said.
Moreover, the new rule goes well with message of the US President who said "We want to see people coming to this country who are self-sufficient.