With over 2 lakh waiting, India is the second largest source of US Green Card applicants
There are over 2 lakh Indians waiting to get legal permanent residency in the United States, shows latest official data
Indians are the second largest group, next only to Mexicans, in applying for legal permanent residency in the United States, shows the latest official data.
According to the Department of Homeland Security data, over 2,27,000 Indians are waiting in line for family-sponsored Green Cards. Currently, there are about four million people in total waiting in line for them against a Congressional cap of 226,000 per annum.
The largest number of applicants, 1.5 million, is from Mexico. Chinese with nearly 180,000 applications stands at just next to India.
Under current law, US citizens can sponsor their family members and blood relatives for Green Cards or permanent legal residency. Majority of those in the family-sponsored Green Card waiting list are siblings of US citizens.
President Donald Trump is against such a provision which he calls as chain immigration and wants to abolish this. The opposition Democratic Party is vehemently opposed to abolishing family-sponsored immigration system.
In addition to four million family-sponsored Green Card applicants, another 827,000, a sizeable number of whom are from India, are waiting in line for permanent legal residency. The waiting line for employment-based green card applicant is painstakingly running into more than a decade for Indian IT professionals.
According to DHS, a majority of Indians waiting in line for family-based Green Cards are siblings of US citizens. They number over 181,000. This is followed by 42,000 married children of US citizens and over 2,500 spouses and minor children of permanent residents.
The United States is a major attraction for Indian immigrants. India is also a major source of illegal immigrants to US as as well.
The latest Pew Research Centre report on illegal migration to the US said that between 2007 and 2017, India was the fastest-growing source of non-South American illegal immigrants to the U.S, with 525,000 illegal migrants entering the US in 2017 alone.