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80,000 green cards are about to disappear from the U.S.

  • The closure of immigration offices during the pandemic, along with restrictions imposed by the Trump administration, caused the number of family-preference green cards to plunge in 2020.
80,000 green cards are about to disappear from the U.S.(AP)
80,000 green cards are about to disappear from the U.S.(AP)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 07:22 PM IST
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New law may help ease Green Cards backlog

US Senate on Wednesday passed a legislation raising country limits on the annual grant of Green Cards — permanent residencies — that, when enacted, will stand to benefit hundreds of thousands of Indian-origin applicants who currently face a statistical possibility of waiting for decades for their turn.
The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act was passed on Wednesday by unanimous consent. The House of Representatives had passed its own version of the legislation in 2019.(File photo for representation)
The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act was passed on Wednesday by unanimous consent. The House of Representatives had passed its own version of the legislation in 2019.(File photo for representation)
Updated on Dec 04, 2020 05:00 AM IST
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US Senate passes bill to raise country cap on Green Cards, Indians may benefit

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act was passed on Wednesday by unanimous consent. The House of Representatives had passed its own version of the legislation in 2019.
The two bills will now go through a reconciliation process to iron out the differences in the House and Senate versions, and a combined legislation must pass both chambers again before being sent to the White House for the president’s signature and enactment.(AP file)
The two bills will now go through a reconciliation process to iron out the differences in the House and Senate versions, and a combined legislation must pass both chambers again before being sent to the White House for the president’s signature and enactment.(AP file)
Updated on Dec 03, 2020 11:25 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByHT Correspondent

Trump targets foreign workers with new visa freeze: Who is affected

US president Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday where he suspended various immigration programmes, including the H-1B, till the end of this year.
A man has his fingerprints electronically taken while taking part in a visa application demonstration during a media tour at the consular section of the Embassy of the United States in Lima.(Representative Photo/Reuters)
A man has his fingerprints electronically taken while taking part in a visa application demonstration during a media tour at the consular section of the Embassy of the United States in Lima.(Representative Photo/Reuters)
Updated on Jun 23, 2020 10:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

H-1B visa programme explained and what it means for Indians

US President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday to extend the suspension of Green Cards till the end of the year and expand it to also cover non-immigrant work visas such as H-1B.
US President Donald Trump speaks during his first re-election campaign rally in several months in the midst of the coronavirus disease outbreak, at the BOK Centre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20.(Reuters Photo)
US President Donald Trump speaks during his first re-election campaign rally in several months in the midst of the coronavirus disease outbreak, at the BOK Centre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2020 10:23 AM IST
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US lawmakers propose bill, 40,000 Covid-19 health workers set to get green cards

They have proposed granting 25,000 of the Green Cards to nurses and the rest 15,000 to physicians, which include both those hired abroad or those already in the United States.
The US grants around 1 million Green Cards a year, which are subject to a per country-limit of 7%.(AFP)
The US grants around 1 million Green Cards a year, which are subject to a per country-limit of 7%.(AFP)
Updated on May 10, 2020 03:49 AM IST
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Trump administration asks court to not block work permits for some H-1B spouses

The Department of Homeland Security, which runs immigration among other things, told a court in Washington DC in a brief filed Tuesday that plaintiffs’ challenge to H-4 employment authorization document (H-1 EAD) that it causes them economic harm is speculative.
President Barack Obama authorized work permits for spouses of H-1B visa holders whose application for Green Cards had been cleared but who had to wait for their turn to actually be issued one.(Reuters File Photo (representative Image))
President Barack Obama authorized work permits for spouses of H-1B visa holders whose application for Green Cards had been cleared but who had to wait for their turn to actually be issued one.(Reuters File Photo (representative Image))
Updated on May 07, 2020 06:53 PM IST
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Donald Trump says will suspend immigrations to save Covid-19 jobs losses

More than 22 million people have filed for unemployment benefits in last four weeks of stay-at-home lockdowns in force in most parts of the United States.
US President Donald Trump answers a question during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington.(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump answers a question during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington.(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 21, 2020 10:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

US could deny Green Cards to immigrants for availing public benefits

The move might affect a number of Indians who are on H-1B visas and are in long ques to get permanent legal residency.
(Reuters file photo)
(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Feb 23, 2020 11:39 AM IST
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S-386: Why Indians are waging a battle in the US

Indians have been hit the hardest by the country-limit on Green Cards, followed by the Chinese, because there are more of them applying it every year than people from other countries
An estimated 1.5 million Indians are in danger of losing their best shot yet at the US citizenship because a US senator has put a block on a legislation that seeks to remove a per-country limit of 7% on the number of Green Cards, a mandatory pre-citizenship stage, that can be granted to applicants from any one country every year(REUTERS)
An estimated 1.5 million Indians are in danger of losing their best shot yet at the US citizenship because a US senator has put a block on a legislation that seeks to remove a per-country limit of 7% on the number of Green Cards, a mandatory pre-citizenship stage, that can be granted to applicants from any one country every year(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 22, 2019 08:53 PM IST
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Good news for IT professionals, US House removes country-cap on Green Cards

The passage of the Bill was hailed by Indian professionals from across the US, particularly those from the Silicon Valley in California, Seattle area in Washington state, the Greater Washington DC area and the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The US lawmakers Wednesday passed a Bill aimed at lifting the current seven percent country-cap on issuing Green Cards.(Reuters File Photo)
The US lawmakers Wednesday passed a Bill aimed at lifting the current seven percent country-cap on issuing Green Cards.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jul 11, 2019 09:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

US Congress to vote on bill to remove country-cap on Green Card

The US lawmakers will on Tuesday decide on lifting the country-cap on issuing Green Cards through voting in Congress, a move which may benefit thousands of highly-skilled Indian IT professionals.
Being supported by more than 310 lawmakers from both the Republican and the Democratic Party, the ‘Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act’ is all set to sail through the 435-member US House of Representatives.(AFP file photo for representation)
Being supported by more than 310 lawmakers from both the Republican and the Democratic Party, the ‘Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act’ is all set to sail through the 435-member US House of Representatives.(AFP file photo for representation)
Updated on Jul 09, 2019 01:02 PM IST
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Washington | ByPress Trust of India

How the US immigration plan will impact India

A country which so strenuously wants its best talents to move to and prosper in another country does not appear to be confident in its ability to provide good jobs and business environment at home
United States President Donald Trump unveiled a new immigration plan for his nation on Thursday. The idea, in the words of Mr Trump, is to move to a “merit-based, high security plan”.(REUTERS)
United States President Donald Trump unveiled a new immigration plan for his nation on Thursday. The idea, in the words of Mr Trump, is to move to a “merit-based, high security plan”.(REUTERS)
Published on May 20, 2019 08:11 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

US immigration law tweak could be ‘disastrous’ for some Indians

After years of waiting, people in family, employment backlogs may be back at the starting line
The plan envisages a points-based immigration system that scores merit, age, professional skills, education and proficiency in English language over family ties.
The plan envisages a points-based immigration system that scores merit, age, professional skills, education and proficiency in English language over family ties.
Updated on May 18, 2019 07:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

Trump unveils merit-based immigration system

US President Donald Trump Thursday rolled out a merit-based immigration system from which foreigners, including hundreds and thousands of Indian professionals and skilled workers, waiting to get Green Cards or permanent legal residency stand to benefit.
The immigration reform proposals significantly increase the quota for skilled workers from existing nearly 12 per cent to 57 per cent.(REUTERS)
The immigration reform proposals significantly increase the quota for skilled workers from existing nearly 12 per cent to 57 per cent.(REUTERS)
Published on May 17, 2019 06:24 AM IST
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Ending country quota for Green Cards will lead to Indian, Chinese domination on path to US citizenship: Report

Removing country limits for Green Cards will drastically reduce waiting time for those in queue, mostly from India and China, and protect them from exploitative employers, but will also lead to people of these two countries dominating this route to US citizenship.
A legislation was before the US Congress at the time to remove the country limit, which lapsed with the previous body and is likely to be reintroduced for passage afresh in the new Congress that takes charge on Thursday.(AFP/Picture for representation)
A legislation was before the US Congress at the time to remove the country limit, which lapsed with the previous body and is likely to be reintroduced for passage afresh in the new Congress that takes charge on Thursday.(AFP/Picture for representation)
Updated on Jan 03, 2019 12:02 AM IST
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Washington | ByHT Correspondent

Ending country quota in Green Cards will allow India, China to dominate path to US citizenship: report

Eliminating the country quota from the most sought-after Green Cards will end the current discrimination in the US labour market, but would allow countries like India and China to dominate the path to American citizenship, according to the latest Congressional report.
Having a Green Card allows a person to live and work permanently in the United States.(AP/Picture for representation)
Having a Green Card allows a person to live and work permanently in the United States.(AP/Picture for representation)
Published on Jan 02, 2019 06:15 PM IST
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Washington | ByPress Trust of India

US citizenship move may be bad news for Indians

For a lot of them, their families grew after their arrival here, mostly on H-1B visas for highly skilled foreigners.
New report on H-1B visas vindicates Indian IT firms
New report on H-1B visas vindicates Indian IT firms
Updated on Nov 01, 2018 12:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByYashwant Raj

Only around 60K of 600,000 Indians received Green Cards in 2017

Country-wise figures reveal that China topped the list with 71,565 Green Cards, followed by Cuba (65,028) and India (60,394).
Indian-Americans, most of whom are highly skilled and come to the US mainly on the H-1B work visas are the worst sufferers of the current immigration system which imposes a 7 per cent per country quota on allotment of Green Cards or permanent legal residency.(AP File Photo)
Indian-Americans, most of whom are highly skilled and come to the US mainly on the H-1B work visas are the worst sufferers of the current immigration system which imposes a 7 per cent per country quota on allotment of Green Cards or permanent legal residency.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2018 03:45 PM IST
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Washington | ByPress Trust of India

US congressional panel passes Green Card Bill, Indians cheer but Iranians oppose

The Daily Caller reported on Monday Iranians were posing as anti-immigrant Americans to campaign against the bill
Indians are worst hit by the cap, accounting for more than 300,000 of those in the waiting line, or three-fourths of those in the backlog.(AFP File Photo)
Indians are worst hit by the cap, accounting for more than 300,000 of those in the waiting line, or three-fourths of those in the backlog.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2018 08:00 AM IST
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Washington | ByYashwant Raj, Washington

Indians in queue for Green Cards pin hopes on legislation debate to remove per country limits

Two legislations set to come up for debate include proposals to remove the per country limits, which, if enacted, could potentially cut the waiting period for Indians drastically to six or seven years.
A current US law prevents foreign nationals from any one country from getting more than 7% of the annual distribution of Green Cards under a system known as ‘per country limits’.(AFP File Photo)
A current US law prevents foreign nationals from any one country from getting more than 7% of the annual distribution of Green Cards under a system known as ‘per country limits’.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2018 06:58 PM IST
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