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Why Doesn't the U.S. Make It Easier for Chinese and Indian Citizens to Immigrate?

The wait time to obtain an employment-based immigrant visa (rather than a family-based immigrant visa) for Chinese and Indian citizens is significantly longer than for citizens of other countries. A bill was introduced in Congress to eliminate the per country numerical limitations for employment-based immigrant visas, which if passed will significantly reduce the wait times for Indian and Chinese nationals to obtain permanent residence. However, the bill was put on hold by Senator Grassley because he wanted better protections for U.S. workers. He, however, agreed to lift the hold in return for greater restrictions on the H-1B visa program. So, it is somewhat of a lose-lose situation. This bill is unlikely to pass in the near future.