Unsure about Biden policy on green card country caps, Jim Himes tells Indian American leaders.
Jim Himes, a Democratic member of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, hopes that if elected Joe Biden will initiate immigration reforms and reverse President Trump’s policies on H-1B workers and their spouses.
“What good is it that if the spouses of the H1B visa holders cannot work under H4 visas?” he asked referring to Trump administration’s policy on denying work visas to spouses of high skilled foreign workers.
Himes was responding to questions on Immigration issues during an interactive session via Zoom with the Connecticut chapter of Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) last week, according to a media release.
Initiating the discussion, GOPIO International Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham, sought clarification about US-India relations in a Democrat Administration and raised the H-1B and H4 visa issues.
Referring to Joe Biden as someone, whose strength is in foreign policy, Himes as cited by a GOPIO press release said, attracting skilled laborers is “central to our economy.”
However, he was unsure if the Biden Administration will embrace the policy of using unused visas to clear green card backlog due to country caps.
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Indian nationals, who have received more than two thirds of H-1B visas for high skilled workers in the last five years, face a decades long wait for green cards due to a seven percent country cap for all nations, big or small.
Himes, the release said, called for a new dialogue between the two major parties to create a comprehensive new immigration policy that addresses the needs of the nation and millions who are awaiting a solution to the challenges.
Criticizing Trump’s policy of favoring higher income groups for visas, Himes said, “The Biden Administration will be more open to immigration” which is more compassionate and understanding of the needs of the nation and those of the immigrants.
Referred to numerous Presidential orders being challenged in courts, he hoped that there will be a change, which will be a reversal in current status and lead to a comprehensive immigration reform.