News headlines this week have thrust further uncertainty on the process of seeking permanent residency in the United States. According to reports, the Trump administration is promoting legislation that would reduce legal immigration to the US by about 50 percent over 10 years. The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act seeks to create a ‘merit-based’ immigration system.
The RAISE act proposes several changes to immigration law. RAISE would change the preferences for potential immigrants with family members residing in the United States, removing preferences for adult children. Spouses and minor children would instead receive family preference. RAISE would also reduce limits for refugees allowed into the country.
The biggest change to immigration law proposed by the RAISE act would be for employment-based green cards, changing the system to a points-based system modeled loosely after the immigration systems of Canada and Australia. RAISE would skew permanent residency approval towards applicants whom are younger and wealthier, with advanced degrees, English-speaking skills, and higher-paying jobs.
While the RAISE act is not expected to become law, it’s important for anyone interested to seek immigration advice now and see the best way to achieve immigration goals before certain categories are impacted. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth offers legal help to immigrants seeking permanent residence. For a free immigration consultation, call us today at 626-282-6868.