Washington: The White House has said that US President Joe Biden wants to address delays in the green card processing system.
The inordinate delay in the procession of hundreds and thousands of talented Indian technology professionals, sometimes lasting several decades, is a major issue of concern among Indian-Americans and their dependent children living here.
“The President wants to fully address the delay Green Card Processing System Plus,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference on Friday.
She was responding to a question on the waste of nearly 80,000 unused employment-based green card numbers, officially called legal permanent residency, on October 1, as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will give them the many millions waiting in line. unable to allocate. green card.
Indian technology professionals, thousands of whom have been waiting for decades, urged the Biden administration and the US Congress to make necessary legislative changes to not let those green card slots run out.
Earlier this week, Congresswoman Marinette Miller-Meeks introduced the Preserving Employment Visa Act, which would allow USCIS to preserve unused employment-based visas for use in fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Law is the House companion to S2828, which was introduced by the senator. Thom Tillis in September
Miller-Meeks said, “Ensuring that our immigration system is fair and orderly is one of my top priorities in Congress. These visas are already authorized by Congress if and for the COVID-19 pandemic.” If not, it would have been used.”
“My legislation will spur American recovery from COVID-19, contribute to long-term economic growth, and provide relief for healthcare providers by reducing green card backlogs,” she said.
in the fiscal year 2020; A total of 122,000 family-preference visas went unused. This brought the number of employment-based visas available to 226,000 in FY21. This dramatic increase in employment-based visas represents a unique opportunity to reduce Green Card Backlog and Improving American Competitiveness through legal immigration.
Delays in processing at USCIS can ruin these much-needed employment-based visas. According to recent court filings, USCIS is currently at risk of wasting about 83,000 employment-based visas, which expired on October 1 this year. This is in addition to the 9,100 unused employment-based visas from FY20 onwards.
Wasting these visas would be a huge loss to American economic competitiveness and the healthcare industry. American businesses and healthcare providers were already struggling to fill both skilled and unskilled jobs before COVID-19 and facing labor shortages as they recover from the pandemic, Congresswoman said.