Recognizing the need to aggressively compete with its Northern Neighbor across the border (Canada) as well as to siphon off skilled worker and professional applicants from Australia and New Zealand, the United States Congress is moving towards adopting a points-based migration called Merit System.
US to adopt Points-based Migration
Recognizing the need to aggressively compete with its Northern Neighbor across the border (Canada) as well as siphon off applicants from Australia and New Zealand, the United States Congress is moving towards adopting a points-based migration called Merit System.
Incorporated under what would be the best chance to pass a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, the US Senate – initiated by New York Senator Charles Schumer – introduced S. 744 which not only points towards a points-based migration, but also would
The net effect?
Faster visa processing, reduction of backlog and immediate family reunification not just for relatives of US citizens but also relatives of lawful permanent residents.
Faster migration of individuals in certain occupations based on their education, employment experience, employment related to occupation, entrepreneurship, bonus points for being an occupation in high demand; English proficiency; family relationship (sibling or married sons and daughters of US Citizens).
Proposed Points Allocation
Education: 15 points for PhD; 10 for Masters; 5 for Bachelors.
Employment Experience: 3 pts for each year in a Zone 5 occupation;2 pts for each year in Zone 4 occupations.
Employment related to occupation – 10 pts for Zone 5 and 8 pts for Zone 4
Entrepreneurship – 10 pts for business that employs at least 2 persons in Zone 4 or Zone 5 occupations;
High Demand Occupation – 10 pts if employed or has job offer in Tier 1 occupation;
Civic Involvement – 2 pts for significant community service
English language – 10 pts for score of 80 or more in TOEFL or equivalent test, IELTS.
Family-relationship – 10 pts maximum if sibling or married son daughter of US citizens. Age bracket: between 18-24- 8 pts; 25 to 32-6 pts; 33 to 37 – 4 pts.
Watch out for Tier 2 points allocation or Primary Caregiver.