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US House Passes Bill to Remove Country-Cap ..

The United States lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday, which aimed at removing the current 7% country-cap on issuing Green Cards.

This move would benefit thousands of highly skilled Indian IT (Information technology) professionals.

A green card allows a person to work and live permanently in the United States.

The bill passed by the US House of Representatives, would considerably reduce the long wait of skilled professionals from countries like India, who have applied for permanent residency in the US.

According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, not more than 7% of the visas can be issued to natives of any one independent country in a fiscal year.

This bill increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas to 15% from 7% of the total number of such visas available that year and eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas, according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

However, the bill has to be passed by the Senate, where the majority is of Republicans, before President Donald Trump sign it into law.

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