Green Card waitlist for Indians is greater than 195 years: US senator

Washington, July 23

The backlog for an Indian nationwide to get everlasting residency or Green Card is greater than 195 years, a high Republican senator has stated, urging his Senate colleagues to come back out with a legislative decision to handle this downside.

A Green Card, identified formally as a Permanent Resident Card, is a doc issued to immigrants to the US as proof that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing completely.

Senator Mike Lee stated on Wednesday that the present Green Card coverage did nothing for the kid of an immigrant whose lifeless father or mother’s Green Card software was in the end denied as a result of his or her job was not accessible.

“Someone from India entering the backlog today would have to wait 195 years to receive an EB-3 green card. Even if we give their children this limbo status, none of them will have a prayer of becoming a US citizen,” Lee stated on the Senator ground.

In fiscal 12 months 2019, Indian nationals obtained 9,008 class 1 (EB1), 2,908 class 2 (EB2), and 5,083 class 3 (EB3) Green Cards. EB1-Three are totally different classes of employment-based Green Cards.

Lee, the senator from Utah, was talking on the laws moved by Senator Dick Durbin that seeks to guard immigrant employees and their kids who’re caught within the inexperienced card backlog.

“Green cards are critical in the lives of so many who are here on temporary work visas. The backlog puts families at risk of losing their immigration status as they wait year after weary year to finally make it through this green card backlog,” Durbin stated.

“Our bipartisan agreement would add critical protections that were not in the original bill for immigrant workers and their immediate family members who are stuck in the backlog. They would be able to switch jobs and travel without losing immigration status. And children of immigrant workers would be protected from aging out so they will not face deportation,” he stated.

The Lee-Durbin settlement would make three adjustments to the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. First, it could instantly defend immigrants and their households who’re caught within the backlog by permitting them to “early file” for Green Cards.

This would enable employees to modify jobs and journey with out shedding immigration standing and forestall the youngsters of immigrant employees from “aging out” of Green-Card eligibility so they won’t face deportation whereas they’re ready for a Green Card.

Second, the modification would create a green-card put aside for immigrant employees who’re unable to “early file” as a result of they’re caught within the backlog abroad.

Finally, the modification would crack down on abuse of H-1B short-term employee visas by outsourcing corporations by prohibiting an organization from hiring further H-1B employees if the corporate’s workforce is greater than 50 workers and greater than 50 per cent short-term employees.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits US corporations to make use of international employees in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical experience. Companies depend upon it to rent tens of 1000’s of workers annually from nations like India and China.

“While we continue to debate the best way to fix the Green Card backlog, let’s make sure that no children of the affected families are harmed or deported. Just that simple. I offered a new bill, very simply stated, to protect children of immigrant workers act. This brief three-page bill would ensure that children do not age out while waiting for a Green Card,” Durbin stated.

“Imagine if you brought your children to the United States, worked on an H-1B visa and your children are waiting for you for the Green Card, you are paying for them to go to college because they don’t qualify as American Citizens for any type of federal financial aid. You’re making great sacrifices for them and then the day comes when they reach the age of 21 and they can be deported and your family divided,” he stated.

“Why would we want to let that happen?” Durbin requested.

Noting that he has met many of those younger folks, the senator stated it breaks his coronary heart to listen to their story that they might attain a degree the place they age out and be deported.

“That’s why I wanted to offer this specific single provision. There is no reason these children should be punished for a broken immigration system. It’s not beyond our control to help them,” he added. PTI

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