Many Indians who are stuck in the hopes of getting a permanent residency in the United States will soon be able to jump the employment-based Green Card backlog queue by paying a supplemental fee, also known as super-fee if the new Bill is passed.
A new bill, Reconciliation Bill, released by the US House Judiciary Committee, has a portion that has jurisdiction over immigration. It will help children of H-1B holders who have aged out or will age out and who have turned 21 to obtain permanent residency and US citizenship.
An employment-based immigrant applicant with a “priority date that is more than two years before can adjust to permanent residence without numerical limits by paying a supplemental fee of $5,000.”
The fee is $50,000 for the EB-5 category, i’e; immigrant investors. The provisions expire in 2031.
For immigration is sponsored by a family member who is a US citizen and with a “priority date that is more than 2 years before”, the fee for getting a Green Card would be USD 2,500.
While the Bill has been introduced, it still needs to go through Judiciary Committee, the House of Representatives and the Senate and be signed by the president, to become the law.
The bill does not make any changes to the permanent structure of the legal immigration system, including eliminating country caps for green cards or increasing the annual quotas of H-1B visas.