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US President Donald Trump halts issue of green cards during Coronavirus

American President Donald Trump has announced 60 days halt on issuing new green cards or legal residency as part of his executive order to temporarily suspend immigration in to US.  Trump also said it could extend depending on the economic fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic however this will not impact on those who are entering the country on temporary basis. As per the law, US can issue only 1, 40,000 employment based green cards with a per country cap of seven per cent.

Accordingly, in fiscal year 2019, Indian nationals received 9,008 category 1 (EB1), 2,908 category 2 (EB2), and 5,083 category 3 (EB3) green cards. EB1-3 is different categories of employment-based green cards.

As an effort to protect American workers from foreign competition, US President has framed the executive order, which he expects to sign on Wednesday.

“By pausing immigration, it will help unemployed Americans first in line for jobs as American reopens –important”  US has solemn duty to ensure unemployed American to regain their jobs and their livelihoods therefore in order to protect American workers, Trump’s move of issuing a temporary suspension of immigration into the United States can prove beneficial to some extent.

This means Indians in line for an employer green card will have to wait longer, especially if it is extended beyond 60 days.

At  present, there are nearly 8 million Indians in line for US green card.

Due to Coronavirus pandemic more than 22million American has applied for unemployment benefits.

-Davinder Singh, NMTV News



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