A group of high skilled immigrants from India, addressed a memorandum to President Trump, urging him to fasten the processing of Green Card or legal permanent residency applications, as well as to remove bureaucratic difficulties from the most sought after work visas among which, the H-1B visa.
The H1-B visa is the United States visa that permits all companies to employ workers who are graduated in university.
“The assistance in resolving above will provide needed relief to over 500,000 skilled immigrants and their families. This will enable the American companies to manufacture and develop products and systems right here in the US and not have to send the work offshore due to lack of talent pool,” High Skilled Immigrants for America announced in their statement.
According to official figures, one in every fifth petition of applicants for the US H-1B visa was denied in 2019, by the American Government, VisaGuide.World reports.
The High Skilled Immigrants group said that many immigrants have entrepreneurial skills, but are ineligible to start their business for the reason that they have to wait a long time for the Green Card.
“Clearing the backlog will unleash our true potential and setting up hundreds of startups, creating innovations and high-end jobs, Making America Great Again,” the memorandum of a nonprofit body reads.
The nonprofit group added that considering they come from the world’s second-most populous country and are in high demand by the US companies in need of skills in the area of science and technology, they form a far larger pool of immigrants, and thus in a long backlog for the Green Card.
However, Indian IT companies such as Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys, have had a higher denial rate in the field of technology, during 2019, compared to the US companies.
India and the United States discussed the H1-B visa issue in September 2018, during the first 2+2 Dialogue between the countries.
March 20, 2020, is the ultimate date of the electronic registration for the initial period for H-1B visa Cap, according to the United States Citizenship and Migration Service announcement.