US President Joe Biden
US Green Card Latest News: The White House has said that US President Joe Biden wants to address the problem of excessive delays in the Green Card issuance system. This move will benefit many Indians working in the US on H-1B visas. A green card, officially known as a permanent resident card, is a document issued to immigrants in the United States as proof that the holder has been granted the privilege of permanently residing in the United States. Indian IT professionals are most affected by the current immigration system, most of them are highly skilled and come to the US mainly on H-1B work visas.
Under the immigration system, there is a seven percent quota for each country on the allotment of a green card or permanent legal residence. White House (White House on Green Card) Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a daily news conference on Friday, ‘The president certainly wants to remove the delay in the process of issuing green cards.’ Saki was responding to a question on October 1 on the waste of about 80,000 unused employment-based green cards, which are officially called legal permanent residency.
Why was the green card wasted?
The wastage happened because the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is unable to allocate these to the millions of people awaiting green cards. The inordinate delay in granting green cards to thousands of talented Indian technology professionals is a major cause of concern for Indian-Americans and their dependent children living here. The process of issuing green cards to such people sometimes takes decades. The H-1B visa, the most sought after among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialized professions that require theoretical or technical expertise.
Technology companies dependent on green cards
Technology companies rely on it to hire thousands of employees every year from countries like India and China. Indian technology professionals had urged the Biden administration and the US Congress to make necessary legislative changes to prevent those green card slots from running out (US Visa Process). Earlier this week, Congressman Marienette Miller-Meeks introduced the Employment Visa Protection Bill, which would allow USCIS to preserve unused employment-based visas for use in fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Earlier, in fiscal year 2020, a total of 1,22,000 family-preference visas were left unused.
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