EAGLE Act of 2021:
Democrat Representative Zoe Lofgren and Republican John Curtis introduced the Equal Access to Green cards for Legal Employment (EAGLE) Act of 2021 in the House of Representatives.
- The bipartisan act seeks to phase out the seven percent per-country limit on employment-based immigrant visas and raises the per-country limit on family-sponsored visas from seven percent to 15 percent.
- It provides for a nine-year period for the elimination of this limit.
- The seven percent limit was introduced in the mid-20th century, which has led countries with relatively small populations to be allocated the same number of visas as a relatively large-population country.
- It will “benefit the US economy by allowing American employers to focus on hiring immigrants based on their merit, not their birthplace”.
- The bill will be advantageous for Indian job-seekers who currently rely on temporary visas or await green cards to work in the US.