Watch this video to see how HR1044 bill (passed in the U.S. House of Representatives) effectively blocks people born in more than 190 nations from getting Green Card under the EB category for over a decade.
Do you know that US House of Representatives recently passed a legislation which will effectively block people born in more than 190 nations from getting Green Cards under Employment based category for over a decade? For many years, the US has welcomed immigrants coming from all over the world under Employment based Green cards.– Alexander Graham Bell, from Scotland; Albert Einstein, from Germany; I. M. Pei, from China; Anousheh Ansari (Maryam Mirzakhani), from Iran; and the list goes on. Yet, the Senate is considering a legislation, mis-named the “fairness for high-skilled immigrants act” which would force every one of those illustrious immigrants to wait years and years for a green card. Why? The business model of the IT industry is based on hiring permanent workers on temporary visas: the H-1B program, which is populated mainly by Indian nationals. (about 75% of H1B visas are allocated to indian nationals every year!) Virtually all Indian H1-B visa holders, apply for GCs through their employers. The current immigration law, however, stipulates a regulatory measure to prevent nationals of one country from monopolizing the system and allows each country to only receive a fraction of the total available GCs every year. This is called per country cap. Due to spillover from other countries, nationals of India receive roughly 20% of employment based green cards, however the number of Indian applicants considerably exceed that share. Per country cap implies that people from each country have their own line and they will have to go in the backlog if they reach their country cap each year. But no country except India is suffering from a significant backlog. Hence, basically only applicants from India have to wait for many years before they can receive their GCs. The new legislation proposed by the IT and big tech industry lobbyists, is attempting to abolish the per country cap in favor of a first come first serve system, to expedite the GCs acquisition process for the Indian applicants. This means, only one group of applicants from India who are already in the backlog are going to benefit from this legislation. Should this legislation pass in the senate, because of the number of indians in the backlog, all green cards will be used up by nationals of India for over a decade and other countries, will have to wait for about 10-12 years before they can receive their GCs) Support Alliance of Us Immigrants is a new organization that is comprised of people from all over the world with US advanced degrees. We want real solutions for the backlog, not a bill that will leave 194 countries without GCs for 12 years.