The inordinate delay in the procession of hundreds and thousands of talented Indian technology professionals, sometimes stretching over several decades, is a major issue of concern among Indian-Americans and their dependent children living here.
“The president absolutely wants to address the delay in the green card processing system as well,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference on Friday.
she was answering a question on Waste of nearly 80,000 unused employment-based green card numbers, officially called legal permanent residency on October 1, because the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are unable to allocate them to the millions of people lined up for green cards.
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. This legislation is a House companion to S2828 introduced by the senator. Thom Tillis in September
“Ensuring that our immigration system is fair and orderly is one of my top priorities in Congress. These visas are already authorized by Congress and if not then used COVID-19 pandemic,” Miller-Meeks said.
“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 the green card backlog and improve 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.