Skilled labour shortage in the US is real and according to immigration experts this is likely to benefit Indian IT professionals, who are the biggest beneficiaries of skilled immigrant visa, H-1B. However the cap of 1.1 million for green cards per year will not be increased.
A new bipartisan Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act has been introduced in the US House of Representatives
Since both the countries have been engaged in the mobility of skilled workers, India has raised concerns over the US' stringent new immigration policy
The calculation is based on the number of green card issuances in 2017
The statement from the White House comes a day after US President Donald Trump announced his support for a legislation that would cut in half the number legal immigrants allowed into the US while moving to a "merit-based" system favouring English-speaking skilled workers for residency cards.
In 2015, about 36,318 Indians adjusted their status to permanent residency while 27,798 Indians are new arrivals who received lawful permanent residency in the form of a Green Card, Pew Research said.
"They no longer need a waiver because if they are a legal permanent resident they won't need it anymore," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said at a news briefing.