Approximately one lakh employment-based Green Cards are in jeopardy of being thrown away in less than two months, prompting irritation among Indian IT professionals whose wait for lawful permanent residency has now stretched into decades.
A Green Card, also called Permanent Resident Card, is a document issued to immigrants as proof that they have been granted the right to live permanently in the United States.
According to Indian IT professional Sandeep Pawar, the quota for employment-based immigration this year is 261,500, significantly more significant than the usual 140,000.
“Unfortunately, under the legislation, people will lose these visas forever if they are not provided by September 30,” he stated.
According to him, the present rate of processing by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicates that they will throw over 100,000 Green Cards away, a fact recently confirmed by a Department of State officials in charge of calculating visa utilization.
Pawar said they would squander the extra 100,000 Green Cards available this year if the USCIS or the Biden administration do nothing.
The White House declined to respond to the specific queries posed in this regard.
Meanwhile, 125 Indian and Chinese residents in the United States filed a lawsuit to stop the administration from wasting the Green Cards.
“These Green Cards would help hundreds of thousands of gainfully working legal immigrants in the United States. Many of them have waited a decade or more to become permanent resident status but have been unable to do so due to a shortage of visa numbers,” he stated.
“However, if the USCIS executes its job well and quickly this year, these immigrants will have the opportunity to become permanent residents, which would otherwise take decades. “Pawar has been battling for the rights of Indian IT professionals who have been waiting for Green Cards for decades.
“The majority of potential beneficiaries, like myself, are from India, which is the most backlogged due to the INA’s intrinsically racist and discriminatory per-country quotas. Many have wives who are unable to work until they become permanent residents, the majority of whom are women, “Pawar explained.
“Many families have children who will reach adulthood and be compelled to self-deport, even though this is their only home. If these Green Cards are not used, the damage will be enormous and irreversible,” he stated.
In a meeting with President Joe Biden as part of a delegation, IMPACT executive director Neil Makhija asked him to alter immigration laws by eliminating Green Card caps and quotas and including 200,000 children of long-term visa holders in work to protect all dreamers.
David J Bier, a research fellow at the Cato Institute, claimed in an op-ed in The Washington Post that the Biden administration is to blame for the waste of Green Cards.
Last week, the US government said that it is processing Green Card applications at a slow rate that it will run out of space by at least 100,000.
“Without significant changes to the sluggish processing timeframes, President Biden will have presided over one of the greatest decreases to legal immigration in US history — and nearly no one is talking about it,” he said.