Washington, May 17: United States President Donald Trump has unveiled the the "Build America Visa" programme, which would replace the existing Green Card system. The proposed change is part of the new merit and points-based immigration system, which would rejig the incumbent procedure of entering the US and availing the country's citizenship.
What is 'Build America' Visa?
According to President Trump, the new programme would eliminate the perils of Green Card, which he said "was unfair" to genuine citizenship aspirants. The new policy will only give credence to skill and merit, as opposed to nepotism, place of birth, relatives in US and other "discriminatory" factors. Silicon Valley-Based Firm Sues US Govt For Rejecting H1b Visa Application of 'Highly-Skilled' Indian Professional
Trump claimed the current system allows those with blood relations, along with asylum seekers, to emerge as biggest beneficiary of the visa programme. The Green Card is also unfair as it is based upon "random chance", the President added, referring to the lottery system used in selection of some aspirants.
On the contrary, the Build America policy will provide a fair chance, welcoming as many immigrants as permitted under the current framework -- but the only criteria being skills and merit.
"The biggest change we make is to increase the proportion of highly skilled immigration from 12% to 57% and we would like to even see if we can go higher," Trump said.
The President added that the Build American programme is based on "easy-to-navigate points-based", which is used by Canada and number of other European nations to select migrants based on their skillset, economic value and resourcefulness.
"You will get more points for being a younger worker, meaning you will contribute more to our social safety net. You will get more points for having a valuable skill, an offer of employment, an advanced education, or a plan to create jobs," he said.
Trump said the new immigration system will also secure-entry level jobs for Americans. "Our immigration system should bring in people who will expand opportunity for striving, low-income Americans, not to compete with those low-income Americans," Trump said, saying that the pleas of only those migrants in middle-to-high income groups will be admitted.