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Indians with advanced degrees may have to wait 151 years for green card, says US think tank
As of April 20, 2018, as many as 632,219 Indians with their spouses and minor children were in the waiting line for the green card. Indian nationals, who hold advanced educational degrees, may have to wait over 150 years to get a green card which authorises them to live and work in the US permanently, according to a Washington-based think tank. Cato Institute recently made these calculations based on the number of green cards issued in 2017, after the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) put out data on the number of applications they have received for the legal permanent residency cards, news agency PTI reported. As of April 20, 2018, as many as 632,219 Indians with their spouses and minor children were in the waiting line for the green card. The shortest wait is for the highest skilled category for EB-1 (employment based) immigrants with “extraordinary ability”. The waiting period for these applicants will be “only” six years, the Institute said in its latest report. According to the USCIS office, there are as many as 34,824 Indian applicants under the EB-1 category. Along with their 48,754 spouse and children, 83,578 Indians are in line for the visa cards under EB-1 category. The EB-3 applicants — those with bachelor’s degrees— might have to wait almost 17 years, the report said. As of April 20, there were 54,892 Indians in this category. Clubbed with 60,381 spouses and children, the total number of applicants waiting for green card in EB-3 category are 1,15,273. However, the biggest backlog is for EB-2 workers, who have advanced degrees. “At current rates of visa issuances, they will have to wait 151 years for a green card. Obviously, unless the law changes, they will have died or left by that point,” PTI quoted the Cato Institute. According to the USCIS, there were 2,16,684 primary Indian applicants under EB-2 category and 2,16,684 spouses and children, thus making a total of 4,33,368. This is primarily because of the existing laws which impose per-country-limit of seven per cent.
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