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

High skilled immigrants are hired Based on their skills for employment in United states, while Green cards are issued based on Nation of Birth in the
employment based category EB2* and EB3*. This has resulted in up to 150 years of wait times for ~270,000 India High skilled immigrants & families to get
Green cards impacting their Job mobility, spouse work authorization, Aging out of Indian born kids and Displacement of American born kids!

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.

 

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