Washington: About one lakh employment-based inexperienced playing cards are on the threat of being wasted in lower than two months, inflicting resentment amongst Indian IT professionals whose await authorized everlasting residency now runs into many years.
A Inexperienced Card, recognized formally as a Everlasting Resident Card, is a doc issued to immigrants as proof that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing completely within the US.
This yr’s quota for employment-based immigrants is 261,500, far larger than the standard 140,000, Indian skilled Sandeep Pawar instructed PTI.
“Sadly, below the regulation, if these visas aren’t issued by September 30, they’re misplaced ceaselessly,” he mentioned.
The US federal authorities runs on an October 1 to September 30 fiscal yr.
The present tempo of processing by the US Citizenship and Immigration Providers (USCIS) suggests they may waste greater than 100,000 inexperienced playing cards, a truth not too long ago confirmed by the Division of State officers in-charge of figuring out visa utilization, he mentioned.
If the USCIS or the Biden administration does not take any steps, the additional 100,000 inexperienced playing cards which might be accessible this yr shall be wasted, Pawar rued.
The White Home didn’t touch upon the problem.
In the meantime, a gaggle of 125 Indian and Chinese language nationals residing within the US filed a lawsuit to stop the administration from losing the inexperienced playing cards.
“There are tons of of hundreds of gainfully employed authorized immigrants within the US who would profit from these inexperienced playing cards. Lots of them have been ready for a decade or extra to regulate to everlasting resident standing however have been unable to take action because of an absence of accessible visa numbers,” he mentioned.
“However this yr, if the USCIS does its job effectively and promptly, these immigrants lastly have the chance to turn out to be everlasting residents, one thing which might in any other case take many years,” mentioned Pawar, who has been preventing for the rights of Indian professionals ready for a number of many years for inexperienced playing cards.
“Most potential beneficiaries, similar to myself, are from India, a rustic that’s the most backlogged because of inherently racist and discriminatory per-country quotas. Many have spouses, largely ladies, who’re unable to work till they turn out to be everlasting residents,” Pawar mentioned.
“Many have youngsters who will age out and be compelled to self-deport despite the fact that that is the one nation they know. The hurt is each immense and irreparable if these inexperienced playing cards should not used,” he mentioned.
IMPACT govt director Neil Makhija, who met President Joe Biden as a part of a delegation, mentioned he urged him to reform the immigration legal guidelines by abolishing Inexperienced Card caps and quotas and embrace 200,000 youngsters of long-term visa holders in efforts to guard all dreamers.
In an op-ed in The Washington Put up, David J Bier, a analysis fellow on the Cato Institute, alleged that the Biden administration is answerable for this waste of inexperienced playing cards.
Final week, the US authorities introduced that it has processed Inexperienced Card functions at such a gradual tempo that it’ll come no less than 100,000 slots in need of utilizing up the annual restrict.
“With out drastic revisions within the glacial processing occasions, President Biden could have presided over one of many largest cuts to authorized immigration in US historical past and nearly nobody is speaking about it,” he mentioned.