A total of 40 lawmakers from the US are seeking budget reconciliation package relief for the 1.2 million people who are mainly the holders of H-1B visas who are caught up in employment-based green card backlog of US immigration.
This letter was penned down by the co-chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Immigration Task Force, Raja Krishnamoorthi, and those who are amongst the original sponsors of the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act.
This letter was addressed to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer and spoke about the reformation of the existing US Visa system to aid the US economy and its workforce due to the setback it has faced due to the sting of the pandemic.
The Representatives stated, “Failure to provide a path to legal residence for the 1.2 million people in the backlog of employment-based Green Card, mostly H-1B visa holders, would be identical to fuel the economic recovery with one hand tied behind the back.”
It is observed that permanently demoting H-1B holders to non-immigrant status while China, Russia, and other countries ascendant on the world stage is nonsensical. It can and must be addressed in the budget reconciliation package currently under negotiation.”
Every year, the US issues a total of green cards for employment-based preference groups, including spouses and the minor children of the primary skilled worker. As a result, there is a 7 percent country cap, which is why applicants coming from nations like Mexico, India, and China need to wait longer to receive their turn for a green card when it comes to US immigration.
In 2020, the employment-based immigrant backlog of this US Immigration went over 1.2 million applicants. Top companies such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have been the main sponsors for employment-based green cards.
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