An influential immigration advocacy group representing Indian-People on Thursday urged the Biden administration to not situation probably the most sought-after H-1B work visa to any particular person born in India, until the time the discriminatory country-cap on inexperienced playing cards or everlasting authorized residency is eliminated.
The present per-country cap on issuing of inexperienced playing cards within the US has resulted in Indian professionals, largely from the IT sector, having to attend for many years for his or her authorized everlasting residency. Issuing new H-1B visas to extra Indians would add to this agonising painful anticipate inexperienced playing cards, Immigration Voice mentioned in a press release.
The assertion got here in response to the Biden administration’s determination to permit employers of H-1B visa holders to start registration on-line for the H1-B Visa lottery, beginning March ninth this 12 months, for the fiscal 12 months 2022.
Underneath the system, over 60,000 extra Indian nationals will unwittingly be lured to enter the US this 12 months (and yearly) to “interact in a lifetime of indentured servitude” the place their very existence and the “lives of their households might be utterly topic to the whims of their employer, new administrations, and even particular person immigration adjudicators having a nasty day,” mentioned Aman Kapoor, president of Immigration Voice.
The membership of Immigration Voice referred to as on the Biden administration to make use of its authority underneath INA Part 212(f) to exclude any new particular person born in India who usually are not at the moment in the US legally from acquiring a brand new H-1B visa for the primary time in Fiscal 12 months 2022, he mentioned.
“Furthermore, Immigration Voice calls to cease issuing such new H-1B visas till the discriminatory per county limits on Employment-Primarily based inexperienced playing cards are lastly lifted and immigrants from India are not handled as indentured servants in the US,” Kapoor mentioned.
Within the present system, the one individuals who profit are unscrupulous employers, staffing firms throughout varied industries who revenue enormously from sustaining the established order, and immigration legal professionals who revenue from having the ability to course of the utmost variety of immigration functions doable by preserving Indian immigrants tied to an countless line of renewals of H-1B visa functions whereas additionally double-dipping to maintain the Inexperienced Card pool open for folks from different nations, he mentioned.
Immigration Voice is a nationwide non-profit organisation with over 130,000 members, who’re taxpaying, law-abiding, high-skilled immigrants, that advocates for the alleviation of restrictions on employment, journey, and dealing circumstances confronted by authorized high-skilled immigrants within the US working as docs, researchers, scientists, engineers, and different high-skilled professionals at lots of America’s hospitals, universities and Fortune 500 firms.
As mandated by the Congress, annually, the US points 85,000 new H-1B visas. Of those, roughly 70 per cent of these new visas (or almost 60,000 visas) are issued to staff from India, Immigration Voice mentioned.
“On the similar time, discriminatory per-country limits established in the course of the time of segregation, limit Indian nationals to obtain solely eight,400 of the 120,000 employment based mostly inexperienced playing cards obtainable annually,” Kapoor mentioned.
The non-partisan Congressional Analysis Service says that this “discriminatory and arbitrary” cap on the variety of Indian nationals who can obtain lawful everlasting residency annually has created a backlog of over a million folks ready for inexperienced playing cards, with a wait time of over 195 years, he mentioned, including that in fiscal 12 months 2030, the road is anticipated to develop to 436 years.
“A majority of the Inexperienced Card backlog consists of girls and kids, who will ultimately die in these backlogs. Evidently, the per-country limits on the employment-based inexperienced card system are, in truth, 100 per cent, an ‘Indian Exclusion Act’. In actuality, this suggests a de facto ban on employment-based inexperienced playing cards for any new Indian nationwide coming into the US on an H-1B visa,” Kapoor mentioned.
“It implies that if Vice-President Kamala Harris’ mom had come to the US right now, underneath such a system, she would by no means have gotten a Inexperienced Card in her lifetime.
The course of Shyamala Gopalan’s daughter’s life would have been fully completely different if she had been preoccupied along with her mom’s doable deportation, versus dwelling her life as an American,” Kapoor mentioned.