Urging American lawmakers to cross a laws that ends the archaic per nation quota for authorized everlasting residency within the US, a gaggle of frontline Indian-American healthcare professionals, caught within the 150-plus-year Green Card backlog, held a peaceable demonstration in entrance of the Capitol.
A Green Card, recognized formally as a Permanent Resident Card, is a doc issued to immigrants to the US as proof that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing completely within the nation.
In a joint assertion on Monday, the Indian-American docs stated that they’re in a 150-plus-year Green Card backlog because of archaic nation caps that enables no nation to get greater than seven per cent of employment-based inexperienced playing cards.
“India is a land of a billion plus people but the number of green cards it gets is the same as a country as small as Iceland. There is no cap on H-1B visa though and Indians make 50 per cent of the H-1B work force. This discrepancy between H-1B and green cards has created an inhuman backlog that is adversely affecting our professional and personal lives,” they stated.
Indian IT professionals, most of whom are extremely expert and are available to the US primarily on the H-1B work visas, are the worst victims of the present immigration system which imposes a seven per cent per nation quota on allotment of the coveted Green Card or everlasting authorized residency.
The protesters stated that the equity invoice removes nation caps and allots inexperienced playing cards as a primary come first serve foundation. It handed within the House of Representatives by 365 votes in 2019 and its Senate equal S386 handed the Senate in 2020. Now the invoice is again to the House as a modified model.
They urged Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren to carry it to vote as a bipartisan resolution to finish the struggling of expert professionals.
“The Green Card backlog is taking a toll on the frontline health care workers and their families. They are living in fear and anxiety,” Dr Namita Dhiman, a baby and adolescent psychiatrist stated.
“US President Joe Biden should end the Green Card backlog by allowing USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to utilise unused green cards from the past years for the frontline healthcare workers in the backlog,” she stated.
“COVID-19 has been brutal to frontline healthcare workers and the green card backlog makes it miserable. This is leading to serious mental health issues in this group,” Dr Dhiman added.
Baltimore-based Dr Santanu Samanta, a radiation oncologist, stated he feels threatened in regards to the penalties to his household and his job, if there is no such thing as a change introduced within the Green Card system.
“I would desperately want to see changes that would help us become permanent green holders to serve people in this country,” he stated.
“Due to being stuck in the Green Card backlog, I couldn”t get fellowship training for four years despite being the most worthy candidate. After training is finished, I couldn”t find an appropriate job. My wife and daughter got so scared during COVID Pandemic that they wanted to go back to India,” stated Dr Saurabh Ranjan, an interventional heart specialist.
“If I die while on H-1B visa, I don”t get any benefits and my family will be deported. After serving the last 10 years as a physician, I still am alien and feel so desperate and hopeless how we have been treated in regard to green cards and citizenship,” Dr Ranjan stated.
Infectious illness and demanding care doctor from Wisconsin Dr Raj Karnatak stated that they’re combating to avoid wasting lives on the frontline understanding that in the event that they get sick or die serving on the frontline, their households will get deported.
“We need immediate relief from the miserable Green Card backlog,” he stated.
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