Listening to US President Donald Trump talk about a proposed immigration bill you’d be forgiven if you mistook him for talking about the Canadian immigration point-based system because it is something along the same lines.
President Trump is backing what many call a sensible immigration policy based on visas with a point system.
It is almost identical to the systems used by Australia and Canada, where applicants are awarded points based on broad categories. The 140,000 visas available annually under this system would be distributed to the highest point-getters first.
Under the plan — if approved by Congress, which will be a heavy lift — the highest point-getting candidate, for example, not including special circumstances, would be a 26- to 31-year-old with a US-based doctorate or professional degree, who speaks nearly perfect English and who has a salary offer that’s three times as high as the median income where they are. They’d get more points if they have any additional awards.
A candidate must have at least 30 points to apply.
Priority would be given to those aged 18 through 21, they would get six points, those aged 22 through 25 would get eight points and those 26 through 30 would get 10 points.
Minors under the age of 18 and those over the age of 50 receive no points, though people over 50 years old are still allowed to apply.
Points are distributed based on the highest degree a person has achieved. One point is given for an applicant with a US high school diploma or the foreign equivalent. A foreign bachelor’s degree earns five points, while a US bachelor’s degree earns six points.
A foreign master’s degree in STEM fields earns seven points while a US master’s degree earns eight points. A foreign professional degree or doctorate earns 10 points and a US equivalent earns 13.
If a person has a job offer that will pay at least 150% of median household income in the state where he or she will be employed that will help immensely.
The bill would eliminate a category of visas that spurred foreign investment in the US, the EB-5 program.
The bill also requires applicants, if they want to bring a spouse with them, to calculate the points the spouse would earn under the same system.
Trump critics are already slamming the proposed bill calling it discriminatory and against everything the US has traditionally stood for. But there are many who believe that the US should adopt an immigration policy that is aligned to the needs and priorities of the economy and its people. That is what Canada does and no one has really faulted it for being discriminatory or racist. – CINEWS