The White House has encouraged Congress to pass a bill that would do away with the per-country limit on green cards so that American employers could focus on hiring people based on their skills rather than their place of birth. If the bill were to pass, it would help many thousands of immigrants, particularly Indian Americans.
This week, the Equal Access to Green Cards for Legal Employment (EAGLE) Act of 2022 will be put to a vote in the House of Representatives. The EAGLE Act would do away with the per-country restriction on employment-based green cards, a measure that unfairly disadvantages immigrants from India.
If approved, this proposal would gradually eliminate the per-country caps over a nine-year period to make sure that eligible immigrants from less populous nations are not shut out while the EAGLE Act is put into effect. To ensure that no nation is denied visas when the per-country caps are eliminated, these adjustments would be implemented over a nine-year transition period.