Indians make up 75 percent of all those highly skilled immigrants waiting in line for US green card or permanent residency. According to latest figures from US Citizenship and Immigration Services, 395,025 skilled immigrants are waiting in line for US green cards in the employment-based preference category. 306,601 of them are Indians, and the count doesn’t include those who have approved immigrant petitions. Chinese nationals took the second place as 67,031 of them are waiting for their green cards. All other countries that come after China have less than 10,000 people waiting in the green card queue.
Around 7,252 skilled immigrants from El Salvador, 6,027 people from Guatemala, 5,402 from Honduras, 1,491 skilled immigrants from the Philippines, 700 from Mexico, and 521 skilled immigrants from Vietnam are waiting for their US green cards. According to US government laws, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services can issue not more than seven percent of US green cards to citizens of the same country. And because of this stringent rule, Indians have the longest waiting time of 10 to 15 years.
Since the waiting period is so long, most children of these candidates grow out after their dependency age and have to apply for green card separately. It means they have to wait for another 15 years to become a permanent resident. According to latest figures, as much as 200,000 Indian children will across the age of 21 years this year and have to apply for the US green card.
Current waiting period
For some Indian candidates, the waiting period is as long as 70 years. According to GCReforms.org, skilled immigrants from India will have to wait for anywhere between 25-92 years for getting American permanent residency. Once the candidate receives the green card, his entire family is eligible for working in the United States.