US Senator said that for an Indian national to get Green card or permanent residency, the backlog is more than 195 years. Mr Lee on the Senator floor said, “Someone from India entering the backlog today would have to wait 195 years to receive an EB-3 green card. Even if we give their children this limbo status, none of them will have a prayer of becoming a US citizen.”
Utah’s senator, Lee was speaking on the legislation moved by Senator Duck Durbin that attempts to guard immigrant workers and their children who got stuck in the green card backlog.
Mr Durbin said that families are at risk of losing their immigration status due to the long duration of the backlog.
“Our bipartisan agreement would add critical protections that were not in the original bill for immigrant workers and their immediate family members who are stuck in the backlog. They would be able to switch jobs and travel without losing immigration status. And children of immigrant workers would be protected from ageing out so they will not face deportation,” he said.
There would be 3 changes made in the Lee-Durbin agreement. The first change would be protecting immigrants and their families from backlog by providing them early file for Green cards.
This would allow workers to switch jobs and travel without losing immigration status and prevent the children of immigrant workers from “aging out” of Green-Card eligibility so they will not face deportation while they are waiting for a Green Card.
The second change would be the creation of a green-card set aside for immigrant workers who are not able to early file due to stuck in the backlog overseas.
The third change would restrict a company from hiring another H-1B worker if the company already had a workforce of 50 employees and more than 50 % temporary workers.