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US House of Representatives passes bill aimed at removing 7% country cap on Green Card, Indian H-1B visa holders to benefit

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 11, 2019, 01.09 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

In a move that may spell good news for thousands of highly-skilled Indian IT professionals, the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would shorten the waiting period for high-skilled nationals of other countries to obtain a Green Card and work permanently in the United States. 

The bill, when passed by the Senate and signed by President Trump, will come into force as law and will lift the seven per cent country-cap on issuing Green Cards.

The move will benefit highly-skilled Indian professionals who eye to obtain US citizenship and work there permanently. 

This comes just over a fortnight after the Trump administration said it has no plans to cap H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, news agency Reuters reported. 

"The Trump Administration has no plans to place caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally," a State Department spokeswoman said in a statement in response to the Reuters article.

While an administration's "Buy American Hire American" executive order calls for a broad review of US worker visa programmes, including the H-1B program, it was not targeted at a specific country, the spokeswoman said.

Every year, the US issues around 85,000 H-1B work visas without any country-specific limit. As per the estimates, a whopping 70 per cent of those go to Indians, reports Reuters.