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Several hundred highly-skilled Indian workers, in long agonising Green card wait, from across the US along with their children and spouses held a rally in front of the White House here in support of President Donald Trump’s plan for a merit-based immigration system that among other things ends chain migration and diversity lottery visa. Flying to the US capital from as far as California, Texas and Chicago and driving several hundred miles from places like Florida, New York and Massachusetts, these Highly Skilled Indians, living in the US for the past several years and in many cases for more than a decade, urged Trump to end the per country limit on Legal Permanent Residency so as to eliminate the massive Green Card backlog of highly skilled Indians.
Giving green cards to thousands of highly skilled professionals from India would help them realise their full potential and boost country’s growth and prosperity, he said.
The participants, many of them software engineers, at the rally yesterday had banner and posters with slogans like ‘Cut Green Card backlog’, ‘strictly merit-based point system’, ‘end country limit’, ‘we need to support legal dreamers’, and ‘We support Trump.’
This was one of the rare pro-Trump immigration rallies at the White House.
President Trump last week used his first State of the Union address to push for the merit-based immigration system that admits skilled people, a proposal that could benefit technology professionals from countries like India.
“It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country,” Trump had said.
“The wait expectancy for a green card for a high skilled immigrant from India tends to be somewhat from 12 Years to 70+ Years, when most of the world can get their Green Card in less than 2 years,” she said.
Describing herself as legal H-4 dreamer, Akshita said the current green card waiting period for Indians means that her parents are unlikely to get legal permanent residency for next few decades.
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