2.3lakh Indians waiting greencard: More than 2,27,000 people in India are in the line of getting a family sponsored green card or valid permanent residence in the US . This information has been revealed in the newly released official figures. At present, about 40 lakh people are on the waiting list for family sponsored green cards, whereas Congress has allowed only 2,26,000 such cards to be issued every year.
The maximum of 1.5 million people on the waiting list are from the neighboring country of Mexico in the south of America. India is at number two with 2,27,000 people in the queue, while China is at number three with 1,80,000 people vying for family sponsored green cards.
Most people on the waiting list who wish to get these cards are siblings of American citizens. Under current law, US citizens can sponsor their family members and blood relatives for a green card or permanent lawful residence.President Donald Trump is against such a provision and he calls it a sequentially run immigration that he wants to end, while the opposition Democratic Party is vehemently opposing the abolition of the family-sponsored immigration system.
In addition to 40 lakh family sponsored green card applicants, 8,27,000 people are on the waiting list for acceptance of permanent legal residence. People of India are also involved in this in large numbers.
The US House of Representatives will Tuesday vote on a bill that seeks to lift the border on countries to issue green cards. The ‘Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act’, backed by more than 310 MPs from both the Republican and Democratic Party, is likely to pass easily.
The proponents of the bill are happy that 203 Democrats and 108 Republicans are co-sponsoring the bill. Its proponents are adopting an expeditious process under which 290 votes are required for the bill to be passed without hearing and amendments.
Each country-wise limit on green cards will mainly benefit high-tech professionals working on H-1B work visas from countries like India, for whom the wait for a green card is more than a decade. Some recent studies said that the wait for Indian IT professionals on H-1B visas is more than 70 years.
According to the Independent Working Congressional Research Service (CRS), this bill will increase the limit on family-based immigration visas for each country from seven percent to 15 percent of the total number of such visas available that year and employment-based immigration. The seven percent limit for visas will end.