Indian-American healthcare staff maintain demonstration outdoors US Capitol over Inexperienced Card backlog | India Information
Washington: A gaggle of Indian-American frontline healthcare staff languishing within the Inexperienced Card backlog held an indication in entrance of the US Capitol urging lawmakers and the Biden administration to finish the per capita country-specific quota.
A Inexperienced Card, identified formally as a Everlasting Resident Card, is a doc issued to immigrants to the US as proof that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing completely within the nation.
Indian IT professionals, most of whom are extremely expert and are available to the US primarily on the H-1B work visas, are the worst victims of the present immigration system which imposes a seven per cent per nation quota on allotment of the coveted Inexperienced Card or everlasting authorized residency.
“We’re frontline COVID warriors, and we’re right here to inform how we’ve been quick turned into a lifetime of perpetual indentured servitude. Every of us has a narrative. We’re right here from everywhere in the nation asking for justice. Justice that has precluded us for many years now,” mentioned Dr Raj Karnatak, an infectious illness and demanding care doctor and Dr Pranav Singh, a pulmonary and demanding care doctor.
“Most of us are from India. We skilled within the US and took oath as physicians to serve the sick and needy. Most of us are serving the agricultural and underserved areas. We’re in a Inexperienced Card backlog resulting from archaic nation caps that enable no nation to get greater than seven % of employment-based inexperienced playing cards,” mentioned the 2 Indian American docs’ organisers of the peaceable protest mentioned in a joint assertion.
Based on them, resulting from many years of backlog, many high-skilled immigrants will not be in a position to change jobs resulting from worry of dropping the spot within the Inexperienced Card line and are indentured to at least one employer.
“Can solely work within the specialty occupation the visa is allotted for many years. Many healthcare staff couldn’t serve in COVID-19 sizzling spots because the visas are tied to the job and employer,” they mentioned.
The small group of protestors mentioned that President Joe Biden can direct United States Citizenship and Immigration Companies (USCIS) to finish the Inexperienced Card backlog for the frontline healthcare staff by utilising the unused inexperienced playing cards up to now years.
There was an HR 1044 equity invoice that was handed within the Home of Representatives by 365 votes in 2019 and its senate equal S386 handed the Senate in 2020.
Now it’s again to Home as a modified model. Consultant Zoe Lofgren, preliminary co-sponsor of the invoice HR 1044 has not proven any curiosity in bringing the invoice to vote as a bipartisan answer to finish the struggling of expert professionals together with frontline healthcare staff, they alleged.
Dr Karnatak and Dr Singh mentioned that India is a land of greater than a billion individuals, however the variety of inexperienced playing cards India will get is identical as a rustic as small as Iceland. Indian high-skilled staff are introduced into the US on an H-1B visa. There isn’t any nation cap on the H-1B visa and resulting from its sheer inhabitants, Indians make 50 % of the H-1B workforce.
The H-1B visa, probably the most wanted amongst Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that permits US firms to make use of international staff in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical experience. The know-how firms rely on it to rent tens of 1000’s of workers annually from international locations like India and China.
The discrepancy within the variety of H-1B employed from India and a small variety of inexperienced playing cards allotted to India creates an inhumane Inexperienced Card backlog.
Inexperienced Card backlog is adversely affecting the skilled and private lives of high-skilled immigrants from India together with the frontline healthcare staff, they mentioned.
“Frontline healthcare staff want quick reduction, they’re struggling for a really very long time. As frontline healthcare staff who’re risking their lives on this pandemic, the least we deserve is a certainty. A certainty that if we die or get disabled, our youngsters and spouses will not be kicked in a foreign country,” mentioned the joint assertion on behalf of the protestors.
Final month, President Biden revoked a coverage issued by his predecessor in the course of the pandemic that blocked many Inexperienced Card candidates from getting into the US.
Reopening the nation to individuals looking for inexperienced playing cards, or authorized everlasting residence, Biden in his proclamation mentioned that the coverage of former president Donald Trump doesn’t advance the pursuits of the nation.
“On the contrary, it harms america, together with by stopping sure members of the family of United States residents and lawful everlasting residents from becoming a member of their households right here,” he mentioned.
The US is at the moment going through a backlog of practically 473,000 certified family-based Inexperienced Card requests.
Because of Trump’s ban on issuing inexperienced playing cards, as many as 120,000 family-based choice visas have been misplaced. However this got here as a giant boon for issuing employment-based inexperienced playing cards, primarily these on H-1B visas.