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Majority of Indians are Waiting for US Green Card

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75% Waiting for US Green Card are Indians

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.

Brexit Is Scaring Tech Talent Away

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Jimmy Wales, co-founder, Wikipedia, warned the United Kingdom government that they are turning London into a hostile place for European technology experts. He also mentioned concern over many British companies choosing to shift staff to other cities or countries like Canada. Either that or the tech talent will move out themselves to the European Union, where highly skilled immigrants are valued and not threatened. According to a Thomson Reuters Brexit study, 31 percent of companies are already preparing to move staff from the United Kingdom, a 10 percent increase from 2017 fiscal year.

Wales said that London is a very important city in the international tech industry, but he is worried about the future, Brexit, and how it will affect the city’s tech community. He is worried that if London becomes a hostile place for immigrants from European Union and outside, then that won’t be a good thing. London is a competitive city, but Berlin is more open and has a successful tech scene. In the past, London was famous because English was the language of conversation and is a financial powerhouse, but not anymore.

Wales said that the magnitude of the situation is so hard that people can’t wrap their head around it. He is also skeptical about politicians not understanding the internet and social media. They try to regulate something they have no knowledge about and rather than solving an issue, and they create more. On the other hand, some issues are big and international regarding information security and identity theft.

Lack of cooperation

Wales is concerned about lack of cooperation between different jurisdictions in the United Kingdom. Matt Hancock, the cultural secretary, said that tech companies will face regulation claims of using 50 million Facebook users for political purposes. The depth of constitutional change will severely affect companies in the United Kingdom.

H1B exempted for 20000 international students for study pursuits

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H1B exempted for 20000 international students for study pursuitsThe US Immigration Services which is the USCIS issues 65000 H1B visas for IT and other technology related requirement for acquiring skilled labour. Along with this, a total no. of  20000 visas will get converted to H1B Visa status for the international students pursuing their higher education. This news brought great relief to the students qualifying a degree from a reputed university and trying to make a great future for themselves.

There around 2500 universities which provide good quality higher education to immigrants. The students from different nation give a necessary preliminary entrance exam along with an impressive application stating the credentials the student achieved in its past.

India is one of the most aspiring nation to have its students enrolled in different universities; this news is a sigh of relief.US President has pledged to eliminate malpractices in H1B visa rules and restoring back its gravity which gives all the skilled immigrants a chance to prove their mettle in their area of expertise.

The candidate who will be issued with study permit visa with H1B visa petition should have a certain employer willing to sponsor the students stay in the country as its employee. The student should produce all the necessary documents for getting itself placed to any reputed firm.

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