This guest article is authored by Charles Kuck, Managing Partner, Kuck Immigration Partners. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of LawInfo.com® or its partners and affiliates.
Currently, more than four million people are waiting for an immigrant visa to become available in the United States. These people often are referred to as the “immigration line”. But is it even a real line?
For example, 44,000 India EB-3 cases wait with priority dates prior to August 2007. The current priority date for India is November 22, 2002. Available visas count both the principal applicant PLUS each family member. That means that if there are 3,000 EB-3 immigrant visas available each year to Indian nationals in this category, only 1,000 to 1,500 actual families will get permanent residence.
If you extrapolate these numbers, the conclusion is that a person who files in February 2013 for an India EB-3 visa, will have to wait, at best, 35 years to obtain permanent residence. Under a worst case scenario, 80 years.
Case in point - there is no real line. Thirty-five (much less, 80) years is not a line – it’s a lifetime! This is what causes undocumented immigration.
The Good news: Senate Bill S. 169 is pending in Congress. It will add immigrant visa numbers, will not count family members towards the visa limit, will fix employment non-immigrant visa categories, eliminate quotas, and reduce overall wait times. This bill can stand on its own if Congress is unable to pass a comprehensive immigration reform package.
We all need to make our voices heard! Send a message to your Senator today to support S.169. Demand sanity for our immigration system, and an end to the "line."
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