Data released by the USCIS revealed that half of all employer-sponsored Green Cards in the US for FY2019 went to Indians.
64,906 Indians had applied for the coveted US Green Card in FY2019. Out of them, 56,608 Indians received the Green Card. The US rejected 1,352 Green Card applications from Indians, and a decision is yet to be made on 6,946 applications.
The number of Green Card applications by Indians was nearly equivalent to the annual H1B quota for Bachelor degree holders.
In FY2019, the USCIS received 1,48,415 applications for employer-sponsored Green Cards. India had filed the most number of applications followed by China with 20,481 applications.
The United States issued 1,15,458 Green Cards in FY2019.
The USCIS is yet to provide any explanation on the high number of pending cases for Indian applicants. Compared to 239 pending cases in FY2018, the number of pending cases in FY2019 exceeds six thousand.
Immigration Experts allege that there is a drastic increase in the processing time of Green Card applications. Experts fear that it could be a deliberate effort made by the US to create a barrier to legal immigration in the country.
For a foreign worker to gain Permanent Residence in the US, the employer needs to file the form I-140. An employer typically files the I-140 petition for a foreign worker with extraordinary skills or when there are no qualified American workers for that position.
In other Green Card categories, the applicants file the Green Card petitions by themselves.
In recent years, Indian applicants have been receiving nearly half of all employer-sponsored Green Cards in the US. FY2018 saw a slight dip when Indians received 45% of all employer-sponsored Green Cards issued.
USCIS data show that the number of employer-sponsored Green Card petitions filed in recent years has risen significantly from 57,040 in 2009.
India too has seen a remarkable rise in the number of Green Card petitions. The number of Green Card petitions from Indian applicants have risen from 15,060 in 2009 to 64,906 in 2019.
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