There are over 5 lakh Indians waiting for US Green Cards and some have been waiting and waiting and waiting. Now due to country specific quotas and restrictions, the wait could run for 25+ years for both skilled immigrants and family based immigration. The long delay with skilled immigrants is the individual has to be with the same job for many years, and cannot go for a job change. Family members get stuck in limbo with no ability to travel or work for years if not decades. So now Indian Americans and organizations are lobbying to make it faster for both physicians, skilled immigrants and family members with an fair and expanded quota so the waiting periods are reasonable.
- 8 Feb 2018
The current US government is drafting new rules to prevent or limit in a big way current H1B work visa holders from extending their visa status which allows them to continue their employment and stay in USA as they wait for their permanent residency green cards. While citizens of many countries would be hard by this, this hits Indians hardest ==> nearly 5 Lac to 7.5 Lac Indians and an equal number of their spouses and even children. If the rumored harsh rules become law, potentially nearly 10 to 15 Lakh Indians including families may have to suddenly leave or be deported from USA. Most are likely to be mid-career so they are likely to face a harsh and uncertain future… We all are hoping for the best…
- 8 Jan 2018