Over hundred Indian Information Technology (IT) professionals urged United States lawmakers to get country-specific quotas for permanent residency removed. They said that the quotas result only in green card blockade for them.
It need be mentioned that every year, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives about 100,000 green card applications from highly-skilled Indian applicants even as less than 10,000 Indians receive the green card, which is a step closer to citizenship. This number keeps on increasing every year. “We are all are stuck in this 70 years backlog. Most of us came to this country about 10 years ago,” said Houston-based Harshit Chatur, a key volunteer of the recently formed ‘Skilled Immigrants In America’. Currently working for a utility company in Houston, the Rice University graduate said he had filed his green card application in 2012.
“Because I was born in India and due to this per-country limit, I have to wait for 70 years, as per a lot of research,” Chatur said.
Established a few months ago by some Indian technology professionals who have been agonising waiting for their green card, ‘Skilled Immigrants In America’ now claims to have more than 150,000 members and chapters in 25 states of the US.
“We are legally here, highly-paid, taxpaying and law-abiding. Were we born in some other country, we would have been (US) citizens by now. A number of positive contributions that we make to this country, (we) just want the Congress to see it and hopefully that will solve this problem,” Anirban Ghosh, the president of the group, told reporters outside the Capitol this morning.
More than 100 of these Indian techies and professionals, and some of them with their dependent kids, drove down and flew to Washington to meet top American lawmakers and their aides.
This is an awareness drive to make the lawmaker aware of our issues, they said, adding the long wait in some cases, could have devastating consequences for dependent kinds.