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Good news for Indian: Now it will be easy to get green card, America's Biden government may increase the quota

Pankaj Prasad
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Thousands of people waiting to live and work in the US may soon be able to get green cards.

There is good news for Indian-Americans. Thousands of people waiting to live and work in the US may soon be able to get green cards. In fact, a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders has recommended that all unused green cards since 1992 be reinstated for the family and employment categories.

Let us tell you, 'Green Card' is officially known as a local residence card. It is a document issued to immigrants arriving in the United States as evidence that its holder has been granted the privilege of permanent residency.

Indian-American Ajay Bhutoria, in a recommendation placed before the commission on Thursday, said that from 1992 to 2022, more than two lakh thirty thousand green cards could not be used. In such a situation, they should be brought into practice now. This can be used by gradually increasing the annual quota. At present, about one lakh 40 thousand employment-based green cards are issued every year under the immigration law.

He said that the purpose of re-introducing the unused green cards is to stop their further wastage. Sathi hi respite to those waiting to work and live in the US.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is tasked by Congress with issuing family and employment-based immigrant visas each year. A number of these visas have been fixed. However, staff laxity has resulted in underutilization of green cards, allowing many cards to accumulate over the years that have not yet been used.

To deal with this, Bhutoria has proposed two solutions in his recommendation

 First, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State should reallocate unused green cards for household and employment categories from 1992 to 2025. From 1992 to 2022, more than two lakh thirty thousand green cards could not be used. These should be obtained and put into practice again. This can be used by gradually increasing the annual quota.
 
Second, the State Department, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, should adopt a new policy to confirm that all green cards according to the annual limit remain available to eligible immigrants, even if the agencies cannot process paperwork in that fiscal year.

He added that this policy should be implemented retroactively to reclaim unused green cards before the new policy came into force.