Highly qualified Indians in US may have to wait 151 years for green card

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Washington, June 16 : A Washington- based think tank -Cato Institute in its report has revealed that Indians having advanced degrees will have to wait for over 150 years to become green card holders.

Cato’s findings are based on the calculation of the number of green card issuances in 2017. As of April 20, 2018, there were 632,219 Indian immigrants and their spouses and minor children waiting for green cards also known as legal permanent residency cards.

A green card authorises to live and work in the US permanently.

Cato Institute, a Washington-based think-tank has reportedly come out with such a calculation after the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released number of applicants for such cards.

Indians with the highest skilled category fall in the category of extraordinary immigrants will have to wait “only” six years, Cato Institute said in its latest report.EB-3 immigrants (EB stands for Employment-based) implies Indians having bachelor’s degrees will have to wait about 17 years, Cato Institute said.

In 2017 only 22,602 Indians have issued the legal permanent residency cards. Of these 13,082 were in the EB-1 category, 2,879 in EB-2 category and 6,641 in EB-3 category, according to the latest USCIS figures.

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