A new rule for US Legal Permanent Residency will reduce the waiting time for Indians. This has been revealed in the latest report of the US Congress. It will be achieved through the elimination of nation-wise quota for the LPRs. This will also end the existing discrimination in the labour market of the US. Thus, nationals from Indian and China would dominate the pathway to US Citizenship.
Highly skilled Indo-Americans are the worst sufferers of the existing immigration system. It imposes a 7% ceiling for each nation in the allocation of the US Legal Permanent Residency. Majority of the Indo-Americans in the queue for the LPRs have arrived on the H-1B US Work Visa, as quoted by the Live Mint.
Congressional Research Service is a bi-partisan and independent agency of the US Congress. The CRS has said in its report that nationals from Indian and China will dominate the new flow of job-based LPRs. This will be for many years to come and with the removal of per nation quota. It is because of the accumulated backlog of immigrant applicants from these 2 nations.
The queue will include those who have approved immigrant petitions based on employment and waiting for filing a visa petition with the Department of State. This will also be inclusive of those waiting to file an application for adjustment of status with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The CRS report Per-country Ceiling and Permanent Employment-Based Immigration has been tabled in the US Congress. Many lawmakers plan to table a bill for eliminating the nation wise quota for LPRs in the new Congress session.
As of 2018 April, around 306, 601 Indian citizens are waiting in the line for LPRs. Most of them are IT professionals, as per the latest statistics of the USCIS.
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