Over 1 million Indians face wait time of years for US green cards


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More than a million Indians are stuck in a long queue for US green cards. Many professionals are waiting for over a decade. Their wait time is longer than that of other nationals. This wait is due to a cap on the number of green cards given to people from a specific country and a low annual quota. Data from the USCIS show over 1.2 million Indians waiting, with significant backlogs in EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 categories.

More than a million Indians are stuck in a long queue for green cards, according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data.

The USCIS data shows that many highly skilled professionals from India, including doctors, engineers and scientists, are facing extremely long wait times, potentially decades, to gain permanent residency in the United States, according to a Forbes report.

These long wait times can cause problems for both individuals and their families, and can also make it harder for the US to attract and keep talented workers, according to the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) after analysing the USCIS data.

Indians’ longer waits mean they’re more likely to have spouses and children, leading to an underestimation of dependents.

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