Washington, October 11
Distressed that professionals from India on H-1B visas have to wait for decades to get their Green Card, Person of Indian Origin (PIO) lawmakers have expressed hope that a Biden administration would come to their rescue by removing the country cap on the legal permanent residency.
A Green Card, known as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document issued to the immigrants in the US as evidence that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing permanently. It allows a non-US citizen to live and work permanently here.
One of the original co-sponsors of the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, Democratic congressman from Illinois Raja Krishnamoorthi said on Saturday that removing per country cap from employment-based Green Cards would clear the Green Card backlog for Indian IT professionals, who are being brought here often to fill the shortages in the IT industry. He said he expected a positive outcome once Joe Biden assumes office after elections. Krishnamoorthi participated in a virtual panel discussion with other three Indian-origin lawmakers — Dr Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal and Ro Khanna — at the day-long IMPACT Summit.
Congresswoman Jayapal, who is vice chairman of the House Immigration subcommittee, said that they have been working on immigration-related issues including making sure that the spouses of H-1B workers are able to work in the US. — PTI