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USCIS to streamline the immigration process for professional workers

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This petition requests the administration and the USCIS to streamline the immigration process for law abiding, taxpaying, knowledge based and professional workers to obtain a permanent residency (Green Card) based on employment based visa category in a reasonable and foreseeable time frame. This is the most vexing issue especially for large number of candidates with long green card backlogs that in some cases extends well over ten years for some countries. Far too often, the focus in the immigration debate is on the illegal immigration. While people, who have entered the country legally, especially educated and professional candidates are left languishing for years, trying to maneuver through an antiquated immigration system. These are the people that one would think the United States will open the door to stay in the country. <br />
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The comprehensive immigration legislation (CIR) S.744 passed by the senate acknowledges the hardship and uncertainties involved in the long immigration process and limit the time to ten years that undocumented candidates have to wait until they can apply for citizenship. Needless to say the current legal immigration process imposes more uncertainty and hardship for those who follow the law. The notion that the undocumented candidates have to go back in line is also misplaced. The CIR allows more certainty and freedom in terms of residency and choice of occupation for undocumented candidates compared to those legally present and seeking an employment based permanent residency. <br />
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We request the administration and the USCIS to take steps and expedite the green card approval process for employment based visa category that in several cases does not require any new legislation. Following measures will help in alleviating hardships for those seeking permanent residency with persistent and severe backlogs. This effort will also set a good example for future immigrants on the values of following the legal immigration processes and making economic and social contribution for the United States. It will attract and retain talents that contribute towards the growth of the country especially in areas of technology, medicine, sciences and other knowledge based professions. <br />
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1. Allow (AOS) Adjustment of Status (filing I-485) upon I-140 approval so the candidates can use Employment Authorization (EAD) to live freely until they get their turn for receiving a permanent residency or the green card. <br />
2. Allow dependent visa holders such as H4 to use the EAD while the primary visa holders are navigating through the permanent residency process. <br />
3. Allow domestic renewal of H1B visas for those who are legally present in the US. <br />
4. Remove the dependent visa counts from the annual green card quota for employment based immigration. <br />
5. Remove per country limitation for employment based immigration. <br />
6. Recapture unused visa numbers from prior years. <br />
7. Remove age-out restriction for dependent visa holders if their permanent residenc

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Sep 10th, 2017
Someone from Edgewater, NJ signed.
Aug 29th, 2017
Someone from New York, NY writes:
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Really! Immigrants Petitioning Our Congress about our Economy and Keep the American Jobs that they fraudulently stole from us?? It's time to abolish this H1b/L1 program that does nothing but create employment biases against Americans. There is need for Merit based system. Country cap is required for diversity. They are not assimilating with American society, but spoiling our society values and work culture and bringing corruption to this country. They don't have any moral values, or high skills. There should have been country cap on H1. They are using every loophole to take American's jobs. Americans are discriminated in their own country. They used unlawful practices to get the lion’s share of visas from lottery raffle, visa fraud cases, EEO fraud, favoritism, hiring people of their own home towns. They are spoiling American's work culture and peaceful lifestyle. They fell in their own visa fraud trap and stuck in the backlog. This is a good lesson for them. America is a country of law. If you will not follow the law you can't escape. Put a stop to this fraud visa lottery. Fraud and nepotism by these foreigners is hurting Americans. GOD BLESS AMERICA. https://www.petition2congress.com/ctas/abolish-h1b-visa-program Barbara R. from San Jose, CA writes: My husband was working for Amazon. He was promoted as a product director. He had 17 years of experience in his field. He was filling all the positions in his department by interviewing and hiring techies, managers, staffs. He hired 3 Indians among all others back in 2011.2 of the 3 Indian guys he hired got promoted and moved on to different roles. Once they had the ability to hire employees, my husband saw Americans increasingly getting replaced by Indian workers. My husband was laid off eventually .He was told his role was redundant and his services were not needed anymore. My husband never saw skin color , ethnicity , religion or nationality when hiring people .He always hired based on one' skills. My husband and I moved to Silicon Valley in search of jobs. He got hired at EBay in 2015.He saw the same thing happening in EBay. The entire eBay company is filled with Indians. He got laid off 9months ago because the company had revenue shortfall. Ever since, my husband has been jobless. We sold some of our furniture and car to pay our bills. Every single company my husband went to interview for was crowded with Indians. This is a hard lesson we learned. Indians will always hire Indians. I and my husband grew up in a very liberal family background. We believe in equality. Based on the experience we had we switched our political affiliation to Republican Party. We both voted for trump because he was the one who was willing to take on this issue. But the issue deeper than lot of people believes. This is not just H1b issue. It is about others who don't fit in well with American values. They feel they need to be surrounded by people of their kind. Given the opportunity, they do everything in their capacity to surround themselves with same kind of people they grew up with. Multi-culuralism and diversity doesn't work. My husband is training for CDL to drive big trucks. He feels he wasted all his time in corporate world. Anyway, many here feel the issue is all about h1bs.The issue runs lot deeper than h1bs.There is blatant favoritism being practiced by people from other countries. My husband's role now pays 30,000 dollars lower than what he used to make. He is better off driving trucks which pays the same amount. Within six years we have slipped into poverty.
Mar 17th, 2017
DONNETTA F. from Reynoldsburg, OH signed.
Feb 22nd, 2017
Someone from Cary, NC writes:
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Out of all of the 7 points enumerated in the petition, I will vote only for #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 only. There is a process of I-140 and then I-485. And I-485 is for adjustment of status. Instead of asking for #1, we should ask for concurrent filing. #2 should absolutely be denied. The reason is, most of the H4 holders will try to get into jobs right from the kitchen ( without any real job experience ) and competing with American talent. This is not good. If they have real experience, that is a different story. But this is not the case in most of the cases and there is real abuse of the system. #3 is reasonable, because the H1B holders are working here anyway. So, there is no harm in allowing them for domestic renewal. It used to be there prior to 2004. Not sure why it is stopped. #4 is also reasonable, because only the main applicant is taken into consideration when applying for I-140. Family cmes into picture only at the stage of I-485. #5 is very much needed. First come first served is the best system basing on the merit and talent instead of having per country limit. #6 is also reasonable because if we get unused visa numbers, the backlog will be cleared. #7 is the most important one which is always ignored ( I guess ). Children of many legal immigrants have started their elementary education in the United States of America. And unfortunately, most of these children are aging out as soon as they attain 21 years of age and in the middle of their college educaton. Even though these children of legal immigrants are meritorious and A/B students all through their education, they are forced to separate from their parents' green card process as soon as they attain 21 years of age. All these aging out children came to this country on legal H4 status in their elementary education and they think their country is only USA because they lost all their roots with their mother land what ever country it is. These children have all their connections in USA only. But once they age out, all these thoughts will shatter into pieces and all of a sudden they are no where. Families of these aging out children undergo tremendous stress which is inexplicable. Respected the President and the Congress can do something for these aging out children, and they only can do. I request the President and the Congress to look into this and I humbly request to do justice to these aging out children of legal employment based residents.
Jan 24th, 2017
Someone from Sterling Heights, MI writes:
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Who is Stuck in the Green Card Backlogs? - A Guide for the Perplexed, by Cyrus Mehta Cyrus Mehta, Oct. 31, 2016 - "?In the realm of Nature there is nothing purposeless, trivial, or unnecessary? ? Maimonides, The Guide for the Perplexed David Bier of the Cato Institute in No One Knows How Long Legal Immigrants Will Have To Wait calculates that there are ?somewhere between 230,000 and 2 million workers in the India EB-2 and EB-3 backlogs, so they?ll be waiting somewhere between half a century and three and a half centuries. It is entirely possible that many of these workers will be dead before they receive their green cards.? This is stunning, and a damming indictment of the broken and shambolic legal immigration system of the United States. The backlogs in the India and China employment-based second (EB-2) and employment-based third (EB-3) preferences have made the employment-based immigration system completely unviable. It makes no sense for an employer to test the US labor market, obtain labor certification and classify the foreign national employee in the EB-2 and EB-3 through an approved I-140 petition, and then wait endlessly for decades for the green card. It is also hopelessly frustrating for the foreign national to be waiting endlessly. As Bier?s report points out, the wait may absurdly be beyond the lifetime of the employee and the sponsoring entity. One is also penalized based on where you were born. Although each employment-based preference has a limited supply of green cards each year set by law, the backlog is further compounded due to the per country limit. - See more at: https://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/immigration/b/insidenews/archive/2016/10/31/who-is-stuck-in-the-green-card-backlogs-a-guide-for-the-perplexed-by-cyrus-mehta.aspx#sthash.K9G90ZUl.dpuf
Jan 4th, 2017
Someone from Canton, MI writes:
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Waiting for green card since 11 years on E B - 3 India. It got to be changed since these laws are created way back in 1990. Hope Trump will stream line as he promised.
Dec 27th, 2016
Someone from Houston, TX signed.
Dec 5th, 2016
Shaik S. from Marietta, GA writes:
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Please pass this Bill , this will help number of honest legal tax payers send their kids to good collages
Dec 2nd, 2016
Someone from Stamford, CT signed.
Nov 1st, 2016
MANOJ K. from TORRANCE, CA writes:
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Yes. I agree. Aging out is a big problem for parents of children who have studies in USA and now have turned 21 years. All these changes would certainly help the H1B families.
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