New bill in US Senate for more green cards
Democratic party senators Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy introduced on Wednesday the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act, which essentially seeks to eliminate the backlog in family and employment green cards.
The move comes even as another Bill, the S386 Immigration Bill, seeking to usher in a liberalised green card regime, is set for vote in the US Senate on Thursday night India time.
Democratic party senators Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy introduced on Wednesday the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act, which essentially seeks to eliminate the backlog in family and employment green cards, currently between 10 and 150 years, according to green card lawyers. If enacted — most immigration experts do not expect it to be passed by the Senate as it is controlled by the rival Republican Party — Indian nationals would be among the biggest beneficiaries.
According to the Bill, almost four million people are on the state department’s immigrant visa waiting list, in addition to hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the United States who are also waiting for green cards.
As the law stands, only 2,26,000 family green cards and 1,40,000 employment green cards are available annually, and many of these go to children and spouses of residents.
“One of the most serious problems in our broken immigration system is that there are not nearly enough green cards available each year. As a result, immigrants are stuck in crippling backlogs for many years,” senator Durbin said. “The solution to this backlog is clear: increase the number of green cards. I’m proud to introduce this common sense legislation to finally eliminate the family and employment green card backlog." If enacted, it would double the number of green cards issued annually.