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Thursday, August 10, 2017

US New Immigration Proposals: How Filipinos Will Be Affected?


Around 400,000 Filipinos waiting to be brought to the US by their US-based relatives will be affected if a new immigration bill is passed.  US President Donald Trump has backed proposals for changes to the country's immigration law.  The RAISE Act (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) aims to reduce the number of legal immigrants by 50% over the next 10 years.

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Around 400,000 Filipinos waiting to be brought to the US by their US-based relatives will be affected if a new immigration bill is passed.

US President Donald Trump has backed proposals for changes to the country's immigration law.

The RAISE Act (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) aims to reduce the number of legal immigrants by 50% over the next 10 years.




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THE FOLLOWING ARE PROPOSAL UNDER RAISED BILL:

Number of green cards to be cut

Around 400,000 Filipinos waiting to be brought to the US by their US-based relatives will be affected if a new immigration bill is passed.

US President Donald Trump has backed proposals for changes to the country's immigration law.

The RAISE Act (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) aims to reduce the number of legal immigrants by 50% over the next 10 years.

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Employment-based green cards to become points-based
140,000 employment-based green cards are issued a year. At the moment people from outside the US. including Filipinos can apply in three categories, with a top priority given to foreign nationals who have "extraordinary ability" in fields including science and athletics, or who are multinational managers or "outstanding" researchers.

This will change to a points-based system that considers factors including education levels, age and future salary, similar to the systems used in Canada and Australia.

English speakers will be prioritized in a point-based system and those who can support themselves and their families financially and demonstrate skills that contribute to the US economy.

Applicants would have to get at least 30 points, as judged by their:
  • highest educational qualification: 13 points for a US doctorate; one point for the US or foreign high school diploma
  • age: people over 50 would get no points, with younger people being judged on a sliding scale from two to 10 points
  • ability at English, as judged by a test
  • future salary: 13 points for a job offer that paid 300% of the median for their destination state
  • investments: 12 points for a $1.8 million investment in a US business
  • achievements: 15 points for an Olympic medal, 25 points for a Nobel prize


No welfare for new immigrants
New holders of green cards would not be eligible for any means-tested federal benefits for five years after arriving.

Restrictions on immigrants getting in through family connections

At present, people who have an extended family member living legally in the US are prioritized for green cards.

In the proposal, preferences would be removed that means, adult children of immigrants would not be prioritized anymore either.

Preference would instead be given to spouses and children under the age of 18.

One new measure would be created. If a US resident had a sick parent, that parent could be allowed to enter the US on a renewable five-year visa as long as the resident promised to be financially responsible for them.

With this, US-based Filipinos may face difficulties in bringing their parents and other relatives in the US, if the new immigration bill is passed in Congress.

Other than this, overstaying or undocumented Filipino immigrants, with or without a criminal case, may also be kicked out of US.

The bill is introduced by Republican Senators David Perdue and Tom Cotton.


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