After removing a 7% country-cap on Green Card applications, the Trump administration has now announced new rules that could affect those applying for visas and permanent residencies. US President Donald Trump now wants income to be a criterion in the issuance of visas and Green Cards. On an average, about 5.5 lakh people apply for Green Cards every year. The new income criterion rules could affect about half of them.
5 things to know about the new visa, Green Card rules:
1) US Citizenship and Immigration Services officers will reject applicants for temporary or permanent visas if the applicants fail to meet high enough income standards. Factors such as education, household income and health would be used to determine whether to grant visa.
2) Immigrants who use Medicaid (government-provided health insurance), housing, food or other forms of public assistance would not be eligible for Green Card once the new rules come into force.
3) The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, said the rule change fits with the President Donald Trump's message. "We want to see people coming to this country who are self-sufficient," Cuccinelli said.
4) The new immigration rules will take effect from October 15. The rules don't apply to US citizens, even if the US citizen is related to an immigrant who is subject to them, AP reported.
5) Refugees or asylum seekers would be exempt, and the rules would not be applied retroactively, officials said. But the Trump administration also has moved to drastically reduce asylum in the US.