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500,000 Highly Skilled and Legal Immigrants Blocked from Green Cards

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Message Jaggi Nagasundaram
Immigration Voice (www.immigrationvoice.org) represents the interest of over 500,000 legal highly-skilled immigrants in the United States on the path to green cards who have been stuck in enormous backlogs and delays in immigration process.

The career growth, job mobility and quality of life of these half a million legal skilled immigrants is subverted by the bill in its current form.

1. Section 501(b) reduces the number of green cards to legal skilled immigrants from the current 140,000/year to 90,000/year and diverts the major portion of those green cards to future low-skills guest workers under the Y visa program. Instead of increasing that number to reduce the backlogs this section take a step backwards and would exacerbate the backlogs. On the other hand, 503(f)(2) of this act would allocate an estimated 11 million green cards over a time frame of 5 years – 2.2 million a year – to undocumented immigrants. Immigration Voice requests congress to treat legal skilled immigrants at parity with undocumented immigrants and increase the number of green cards to at least 250,000 for 5 years for currently backlogged applicants defined under Sec. 502(d)(2) in order to reduce to current backlog before the untested points based merit system is functional.

2. Immigration Voice requests congress to waive per-country ceilings on backlogged petitions to be processed under Sec. 502(d)(2) in order to make the backlog reduction more efficient. The bill provides a very similar waiver from per-country ceilings to family based pending petitions in section 508(b).

3. Immigration Voice requests congress to allow legal skilled immigrants to file for adjustment of status for those applicants who have been certified by DOL to be doing jobs no US citizen is willing, qualified or able to do. This would be at parity with provisions for undocumented immigrants who would qualify for instant work permit (probationary card) that allows them to work without employer sponsor and without department of labor’s certification simply by registering.

Immigration Voice strongly opposes the bill S 1348 in its current form and requests congress to amend this bill and treat the legal skilled immigrants at parity with undocumented immigrants, future guest-workers and pending family-based applicants.

 

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I am a High Skilled Legal Immigrant working in the US for the past 8 years and waiting in line for Permanent Residency since 2001. Our current immigration system is badly broken and needs a rehaul. I represent Immigration Voice, only non-profit (more...)
 
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