1 Lakhs green cards could be wasted this year Great concern for Indians in the United States USCIS
New Delhi: Around a million employment-based green cards risk being wasted in less than two months, sparking the dissatisfaction of Indian IT professionals whose search for legal permanent residence has now spanned decades.
A green card, also known as a permanent resident card, is a document given to immigrants as proof that they have the right to live permanently in the United States.
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According to what Indian expert Sandeep Pawar told PTI, this year’s quota for job-based immigrants is 261,500, significantly higher than the typical 140,000.
“Unfortunately, under the law, if these visas are not issued before September 30, they are lost forever,” he said, as NDTV reported.
According to him, the current rate of processing by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicates that more than 100,000 green cards will be discarded, a fact recently confirmed by a State Department officer responsible for assessing the use of visas.
Pawar regretted that the additional 100,000 green cards available this year were wasted if USCIS or the Biden administration did nothing.
Pawar, who fights for the rights of Indian professionals who have waited decades for green cards, said: “If USCIS does its job efficiently and quickly, these immigrants would finally have the opportunity to become permanent residents, which would take otherwise decades. As NDTV noted.
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He also pointed out that most of these potential beneficiaries come from India, which has the longest queue due to the INA’s inherently racist and discriminatory country quotas.
In a delegation, IMPACT Executive Director Neil Makhija urged President Joe Biden to reform immigration rules by removing restrictions and quotas from the green card and including 200,000 children of cardholders. long-term visas in order to protect everyone.
The US government said last week that it was processing green card applications at such a slow pace that it would run out of at least 100,000 spaces.
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