Bangalore: U.S. President Barack Obama's comprehensive immigration reform policy under the recently introduced legislation by a bipartisan group shows that over 11 million illegal immigrants in U.S. will have legal citizenship soon. The good news for Indians is that there is a proposal to grant more green cards to international graduate students studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), as reported Ishani Duttagupta for ET Bureau.
Rahul Choudaha, director of research, World Education Services, a New York-based non-profit agency specializing in international education was quoted by ET Bureau "The recent momentum for skilled immigration in STEM fields is going to significantly benefit Indians, especially students intending to study in the U.S. as over 70 percent of Indian students are enrolled in STEM fields."
He added that "The number of Indian students in the U.S. had been stagnating for the last few years and the brighter prospects of immigration would increase the attractiveness of the U.S." Indian IT professionals and companies are positive about the changes planned in U.S. immigration policy. Ameet Nivsarkar, vice-president, Nasscom said "While the new direction of the comprehensive immigration reforms in the U.S. is very positive, it is too early to comment on specifics. We are upbeat about the fact that the U.S. has recognized the shortage of skilled talent and is addressing the issue. Any move to remove country-specific green cards will be welcomed by IT companies in India because the waiting time on green card queues is very long."
It was also noted that the U.S. Presidentís reforms contain numerous provisions which could impact the Indian employers and IT workers in the U.S. The 2013 draft CIR Bill also presents a market-based cap on H1B numbers with extra visas being offered if there is a demand.
Poorvi Chothani, a Mumbai-based immigration lawyer said "Any change to the immigration system that makes it easier for Indians to work in the U.S. will be welcomed by Indians. These will also benefit U.S. businesses that need to hire foreigners," as reported by ET Bureau.