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Indian-American Healthcare Workers Protest Outside US Capitol Over Green Cards

Green Card backlog: Indian-American well being employees protested close to the US Capitol (Representational)


A bunch of Indian-American frontline healthcare employees languishing within the Green Card backlog held an indication in entrance of the US Capitol urging lawmakers and the Biden administration to finish the per capita country-specific quota.

A Green Card, identified 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.

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.

We are frontline COVID warriors, and we’re right here to inform how we’ve got been brief turned into a lifetime of perpetual indentured servitude. Each of us has a narrative. We are right here from everywhere in the nation asking for justice. Justice that has precluded us for many years now, Dr Raj Karnatak, an infectious illness and significant care doctor and Dr Pranav Singh, a pulmonary and significant care doctor, mentioned.

Most of us are from India. We educated within the US and took oath as physicians to serve the sick and needy. Most of us are serving the agricultural and underserved areas. We are in a Green Card backlog attributable to archaic nation caps that enable no nation to get greater than seven % of employment-based inexperienced playing cards, mentioned the 2 Indian American medical doctors’ organisers of the peaceable protest mentioned in a joint assertion.

According to them, attributable to many years of backlog, many high-skilled immigrants usually are not capable of change jobs attributable to worry of shedding the spot within the Green Card line and are indentured to 1 employer.

Can solely work within the specialty occupation the visa is allotted for many years. Many healthcare employees couldn’t serve in COVID-19 scorching spots because the visas are tied to the job and employer, they mentioned.

The small group of protestors mentioned that President Joe Biden can direct United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to finish the Green Card backlog for the frontline healthcare employees by utilising the unused inexperienced playing cards up to now years.

There was an HR 1044 equity invoice that was handed within the House of Representatives by 365 votes in 2019 and its senate equal S386 handed the Senate in 2020.

Now it’s again to House as a modified model. Representative Zoe Lofgren, preliminary co-sponsor of the invoice HR 1044 has not proven any curiosity in bringing the invoice to vote as a bipartisan resolution to finish the struggling of expert professionals together with frontline healthcare employees, they alleged.

Dr Karnatak and Dr Singh mentioned that India is a land of greater than a billion folks, however the variety of inexperienced playing cards India will get is identical as a rustic as small as Iceland.

Indian high-skilled employees are introduced into the US on an H-1B visa. There isn’t any nation cap on the H-1B visa and attributable to its sheer inhabitants, Indians make 50 per cent of the H-1B workforce.

The H-1B visa, probably the most wanted amongst Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that permits US corporations to make use of overseas employees in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical experience. The know-how corporations rely on it to rent tens of hundreds of workers every year from nations like India and China.

The discrepancy within the variety of H-1B employed from India and a small variety of inexperienced playing cards allotted to India creates an inhumane Green Card backlog.

Green Card backlog is adversely affecting the skilled and private lives of high-skilled immigrants from India together with the frontline healthcare employees, they mentioned.

Frontline healthcare employees want rapid reduction, they’re struggling for a really very long time. As frontline healthcare employees who’re risking their lives on this pandemic, the least we deserve is a certainty. A certainty that if we die or get disabled, our youngsters and spouses will not be kicked overseas, mentioned the joint assertion on behalf of the protestors.

Last month, President Biden revoked a coverage issued by his predecessor in the course of the pandemic that blocked many Green Card candidates from coming into the US.

Reopening the nation to folks searching for inexperienced playing cards, or authorized everlasting residence, Biden in his proclamation mentioned that the coverage of former president Donald Trump doesn’t advance the pursuits of the nation.

To the opposite, it harms the United States, together with by stopping sure relations of United States residents and lawful everlasting residents from becoming a member of their households right here, he mentioned.

The US is at present going through a backlog of practically 473,000 certified family-based Green Card requests.

As a results of Trump’s ban on issuing inexperienced playing cards, as many as 120,000 family-based choice visas have been misplaced. But this got here as a giant boon for issuing employment-based inexperienced playing cards, primarily these on H-1B visas.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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