Retain High-skilled Legal Immigrants in USA

increase employment permanent visa numbers or recapture visas lost in the past

Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress,

We are legal immigrants living in U.S.A for many years, paying taxes and helping the economy grow. We would like to be part of the future growth of this country. We have millions of illegal immigrants in this country and we understand because of the huge numbers most of the congressional actions are focused towards them. But in the process there are millions of us who moved here legally and have followed all the rules and regulations of this country and we feel we have been ignored for years by the congress and a president along with the general public and media. This country has its foundation based on the immigrants from all around the world and the immigrants have help keep foundation strong for decades. and now these legal immigrant community is struggling to stay in this country because:

1) 140,000 total numbers for employment based immigrants per year worldwide vs. 1 million applicants and their families waiting in the line. Some from 2001 and may be before that ! It's common sense that it will take at least 6 years to clear just the current backlog, if there were no per country quotas.

2) Per country quotas of 7% exacerbate the situation to applicants from high-demand countries like India, China, Mexico and Phillipines. Approximately just 10,000 visa numbers are available to India where as it's estimated that at least 44% of the applicants may be from India ( based on USCIS statistics of around 44% of H1bs being granted to India every year). As spouse and children are counted, considering 4 members per family, on an average only 2500 Indian applicants get Green cards in a year. As you can see the numbers are dismal.

Meaning, if you are from India, China, Mexico or Phillipines, you may have to wait 10 to 12 years to get your Green Card or more

3) Between USCIS and DOS (Department of State that runs the Visa bulletin) at least 20,000 visas get wasted every year, worsening the already BAD situation. For instance between 1994 and now 218,000 GCs were wasted by USCIS. If the trend continues, it may well mean 10+ years worldwide and 15+ years for India/China/Mexico/Phillipines.

And we are aware that you are aware of the problems but there hasn't been any action taken from the congress or president to help us. Below are few suggestions from us and we request you to take action before next election.

1) Increase worldwide Employment Based Green Card numbers to 290,000 per year or more

2) Eliminate country quotas or increase them to rational levels such as 10%-15%

3) Exempt spouses and children ( dependents) from the Green Card quota (this will effectively double the quota)

4) Since USCIS inefficiency cannot be fixed by us, implement a 'Rollover' of unused visas to the next year(s)

5) Recapture the unused number of 218,000 visas . This may mean we can get Green Card sooner (reducing our wait time tremendously)

Thank you

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Public Comments (10)
Dec 6th, 2017
Someone from Littleton, CO signed.
May 17th, 2017
Someone from Irving, TX writes:
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I think if work Visa granted without country based discrimination then the Green Card also shouldn't have this. People who are coming legally should be given chance fair chance to live and work. It's beneficial for USA as well as the person coming here to work and live. Eliminate country quotas specially in job based Green Cards and give everyone a fair and equal chance. Some people talking here about American jobs given to others but that's not true. If company wont get good workforce in USA the jobs will move out and The USA will loose more in this case. It's better to make them citizen whoever earn here rather sending them back to spend the money in their own country after they earn good money from here. If they spend the earned money here we Americans will have more jobs as well as a better market. I think legal immigrants are assets to the USA and its citizens not liability.
Apr 3rd, 2017
George S. from bay head, NJ writes:
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Really ! Immigrants Petitioning Our Congress to Keep the American Jobs that they fraudulently Stole from Us?? Spit in our Faces while your at it, Just don't, in a Stand your Ground State, Then we can Shoot Ya.. The Passive Invasion of OUR Country by Another Continues..
Mar 31st, 2017
Someone from Frisco, TX writes:
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This is the most greedy bunch I have ever seen. I myself an Immigrant who passed thru all of the immigration steps to become a citizen, loath this idea of removing the queuing system. They just want to flood the job market with sub par skills. People cannot wait to get their turn to get the green card. With all the abuse that is happening with H1B and H4 EAD holders, the last thing we need is to get this bunch permanent residency in 1 year. It is the price that someone has to be willing to pay to get a bright future. I waited for over 4 years to get mine. The president needs to fulfill his election promise to putting American citizens first before the non immigrants.
Feb 23rd, 2017
Someone from Troy, MI signed.
Nov 28th, 2016
Someone from New York, NY writes:
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Indian Green Card boss will allow H1B an enormous amount of time to learn on the job. American STEM workers are never given that opportunity even if they have a good education and are willing to do the job. Indian Green Card boss and H1B hate America and Americans. They are just here stealing our technology and they contribute as little as possible to our economy. These are relatively simplistic IT jobs for a person with a good education or just has the ability to the job. DEPORT INDIAN GREEN CARD BOSS THAT DOES NOT HOLD A PHD & PURPOSELY violates EEO. EEO IS THE LAW IN THE U.S. I am thoroughly disgusted with seeing entire IT departments here in the U.S. run by Indians, citizens or not. THE LAST TIME I CHECKED, AMERICA IS A MELTING POT.
Oct 17th, 2016
Someone from Clarksburg, MD signed.
Oct 5th, 2016
Someone from MN, MN writes:
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Been in the country legally since past 8+ years (paying taxes all the way), paid college fees (for MS degree) and stuck in Green card processing unable to advance in life / career.
Jul 15th, 2011
Someone from Fairfax, VA signed.
Jul 14th, 2011
Someone from Myrtle Beach, SC signed.

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