100k Indians likely to be denied of US green card

About one lakh green cards are risk of being wasted this year as the last date of processing visas is September 30, which is the end of the US financial year. After this deadline, these quotas will be forever lost under the existing laws, PTI reported.

An Official Permanent Resident Card, known as Green Card is a document which is issued to immigrants as evidence that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing permanently in the US. 

This year’s quota for green cards was raised from 140,000 to 261,500, but the current pace of processing by US Citizenship and Immigration Services suggests that around 1 lakh will be wasted. The Department of State officer in charge of determining visa usage confirmed the number.

Meanwhile, a group of 125 Indian and Chinese nationals filed a lawsuit to prevent the administration from wasting the Green Cards. The lawsuit pointed out that last year, the pandemic slowed down the application process and an unusually low number of family-based Permanent Resident Cards were approved in 2020.

“There are hundreds of thousands of gainfully employed legal immigrants in the US who would benefit from these Green Cards. Many of them have been waiting for a decade or more to adjust to permanent resident status but have been unable to do so due to a lack of available visa numbers,” PTI quoted Indian IT professional Sandeep Pawar as saying.

Fighting for the rights of Indian professionals waiting for several decades for Green Cards in the US, Pawar said, “Most potential beneficiaries, such as myself, are from India, a country that is the most backlogged due to inherently racist and discriminatory per country quotas embedded in the INA. Many have spouses, mostly women, who are unable to work until they become permanent residents.”

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