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Green Card Reforms for Employment Based Immigration

Thousands of skilled workers from India and their families have to wait several decades to get their greencard due to arbitrary per country limits. They face many risks and challenges as they wait for their green card. We are working to advocate for a fair skill based green card allocation process that does not discriminate based on country of birth.

We seek to raise awareness of the unintended consequences of per country limits and inspire congress to pass legislation to clear the green card backlog enabling more skilled workers to support the US Economy.

Green Card Backlogged Immigrants Contribution to US Economy

100% of the people impacted are legal immigrants, and already have been hired by US companies. Many have advanced degrees including from US universities. All have made significant contributions to the US Economy. They are doctors, engineers, nurses, educators . . .and your neighbors!

$72 Billion
To US Medicare,State,SSN and Federal taxes over 10 years.  
$54 Billion
Invested in US real estate (Rental,Home,Investment Properties) over 10 Years.
$220 Billion
Contribution to Overall GDP in 10 years (~$22 Billion/Year). 
24% of Patents
Awarded to high skilled immigrants.

$30 Billion
Cars,Travel,Fees,ChildCare,Stocks and 401K over the course of 10 years.
44% of Startups
Had at least one immigrant cofounder.

The Issue

The green card backlog is created by an allocation system that is inconsistent with how employment-based visas are allocated. While there is no per country limit to awarding employment-based visas based on skill, there is an arbitrary cap of 7% per country for green cards, creating a massive backlog. Every year, the backlog grows exponentially!

270,000 high skilled immigrants and their families are stuck in the Green Card backlog.

See how the current immigration system treats two skilled workers – one from most countries and another from back-logged countries such as India.

Take Action

Common sense and bi-partisan solutions are already available. Bills such as HR392( A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment immigrants) have over 325 co-sponsors, the support of leading organizations and large companies. Eliminating per country limits redistributes green cards based on application date rather than country of birth. It does not increase the total number of green cards issued in the employment category.  Visa recapture provision from bills such as S744, passed in 2013 Senate with bi-partisan support, need to be brought back into current immigration discussion.

Solutions

Eliminate per country limits

Recapture unused visas

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