Chandigarh March 19, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
US Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) urge the US President Joe Biden Administration to end the backlog of Green Card for which Indian American Community languishing in the Green Card backlog.
This was disclosed here by NAPA executive director Satnam Singh Chahal in a press release issued here today. He said that the US is currently facing a backlog of nearly 473,000 qualified family-based Green Card requests for which Indian American Community is suffering.
Chahal said that a Green Card, known officially as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document issued to immigrants by the US immigration department as evidence that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing permanently in the country.
This is more than unfortunate that due to decades of backlog, many high-skilled immigrants are not able to change jobs due to the fear of losing the spot in the Green Card line and are indentured to one employer. Green Card backlog is adversely affecting the professional and personal lives of high-skilled immigrants from India including the frontline healthcare workers added Chahal.
He further said that most of the Green Card seekers are frontline Covid warriors which include Doctors and Nurses also and most of them are from India. Indian IT professionals, most of whom are highly skilled and come to the US mainly on the H-1B work visas, are the worst sufferers of the current immigration system which imposes a seven per cent per country quota on allotment of the coveted Green Card or permanent legal residency.
While expressing its satisfaction Chahal said that Last month, President Biden revoked a policy issued by his predecessor President Donald Trump during the pandemic that blocked many Green Card applicants from entering the US and since then Indian American Community was expecting that Green Card backlog will be cleared in order to ease the life of those who were waiting for their Green Cards.
He urged US President Joe Biden to direct United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to end the Green Card backlog for the Indian American Community on Priority Basis.