If you are following the news at all, you know that the Trump administration and the Obama administration have very different views on immigration and very different immigration policies. With Trump in office, the policies regarding immigrants have become much stricter. One major example is with asylum seekers looking to stay in the United States.
Midterm elections are upon us and that means that immigration reform and immigration policies are once again, front and center in the minds of the American voting public – put there, sometimes involuntarily, by the politicians that want to win votes from constituents who desperately want immigration reforms. Midterm immigration policy is a hot button topic on both sides of the isle.
The RAISE act was introduced into the house last year but has not been officially introduced into the Senate. The act still needs to pass in the Senate and House before it becomes law.
There’s no need to rush to find immigration bonds just yet. The RAISE Act is still a long way away from becoming law.
What People Think of the RAISE Act and Immigration.
Almost all Americans agree that illegal immigrants are not doing the country any favors. You’ll be surprised to find that most Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, believe we should let undocumented immigrants stay if they meet certain requirements .
The RAISE Act would deduce immigration .
What the RAISE Act Will Do
- Remove the Green Card Lottery. (50,000 green cards awarded yearly)
- Reduce Green Cards issues to refugees to a maximum of 50,000 per year.
- Immigration visas issued to extended family to be scrutinized more.
- Definition of minor changed from 21 to 18.
- Parents of U.S. citizens who are 21 years or older get a visa.
- Employment based immigration changed to a point system. (take the RAISE act point test here)
How the RAISE Act with Affect US Work Permits
Sources in the White House confirmed that the current version of the RAISE Act will no affect H1-B or L1 visas .
However, future work permit holders will find it difficult to enter the U.S. and most will have to meet higher standard to be issued a H1-B or L1 visa.
Similar Immigration Systems Around the World
The RAISE Act is modelled after similar systems that are found in Canada and Australia. Both countries use a point based system to determine if an immigration visa will be awarded.
: Pew Research – What Americans want to do about illegal immigration.
: The Federalist – Everything You Need To Know About The RAISE Act Without Reading It.
: WorkPermit.com – L1 visa will not be affected by Trump’s RAISE Act.