American Dream Crushed? New US Visa Rules Will Disqualify 50% Of Applicants

New Visa rules can crush American Dream
New Visa rules can crush the American Dream

Starting October 15th, US Govt. will unleash new visa and Green Card rules, which can literally crush the American dream.

As per some observers, more than 50% of the visa applicants (both work-related visa and Green Card) can face rejection due to the execution of the new rules.

More than 5.5 lakh foreigners apply for US Green Card every year, and these new rules will impact 

What exactly are these rules? And why 50% of the applicants can face rejection? 

Here are the details..

Income Standard & Health

In case the Green Card applicant has low income and/or poor health, then this can be a reason for visa rejection. After October 15th, US Citizenship and Immigration Services officers can reject the application based on factors such as education, household income and health of the applicant.

Govt. Benefits 

In case the applicant is already staying in the US, and availing Medicaid program under US Govt.’s welfare schemes, then the application can be rejected. Medicaid is a federal and state program, under which economically challenged Americans are provided medical aid. In case the applicant is availing any other Govt. aid or welfare program, then also the application for Green Card can be rejected.

Refugees Would Be Exempted

Note here, and refugees or asylum seekers would be exempted from these new visa rules, which will come into force effective October 15th. And, the rules won’t be applied retroactively as well. This is a relief, for this particular segment of visa applicants.

How Will This Impact 50% Of All Applicants?

As per a study by Migration Policy Institute in 2018, almost 69% of the applicants would be rejected in case the income and wealth check parameter comes into force. Only 39% of the applicants will have all the positive factors in favor of them.

It seems that President Trump wants only those immigrants who are self-sufficient in every aspect.

Acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, “We want to see people coming to this country who are self-sufficient,”

However, not everyone is happy with the new rules for approving visa and Green Card.

National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has already stated that they will file a lawsuit against the new rules, meanwhile state attorneys general of California and New York have also stated that they can file lawsuit to stop this.

We will keep you updated, as more details come in. 

Sources: 1, 2, 3

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