It will now become harder for immigrants to obtain a green card in the US. The new rule will also apply to non-immigrant applicants who wish to stay in the US for a longer period of time.
After the ‘Public Charge Rule’, effective from Monday, legal immigrants dependent on government assistance will find it difficult to get a green card in the US. The new rule will also apply to non-immigrant applicants who wish to stay in the US for a longer period or change their non-immigrant status. Explain that the Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) is a card that shows that you are a valid permanent resident of America. Currently, the United States grants green cards to about 140,000 people per year. Accordingly, there are 9800 green cards in India’s account.
The new immigration system emphasizes the income, age and educational qualifications of migrants. Appeals are still pending in various US courts against the new rule, but the law has been implemented after the Supreme Court rejected a moratorium imposed by an Illinois district court. Earlier, the High Court lifted the stay imposed by various courts in the states of New York, California, Washington and Maryland.
The new rules will not apply to immigrants who are already green card holders or who have applied for citizenship. Refugees and political asylum seekers are also excluded from the ambit of the new rules. When Trump became president in 2016, he spoke of building a wall on the Mexican border to prevent refugees from coming in, and to take stern measures to stop illegal immigrants. However, some critics who were earlier his supporters say that he has not done enough work on this issue.