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Retain High-skilled Legal Immigrants in USA

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Dear Mr.President and Members of Congress,

We are legal immigrants living in U. S. A for many years, we are paying taxes and helping the economy grow. We would like to be part of the future growth of this country. But today we are held back because of unnatural and unreasonable processing delays in the legal immigration system. We feel we have been ignored for years by the congress and a president along with the general public and media. This country has its foundation based on the immigrants from all around the world, and the immigrants have helped keep foundation strong for decades. Unfortunately,this legal immigrant community is struggling to stay in this country. We suggest following steps to ease their pain as well as help the US economy by infusion of this skilled workforce that is ready to buy new houses and other capital assets which they defer to buy because of lack of certainty.

1) Remove the artificial cap on EB visas.
An artificial cap of 140,000 EB visas exists today. If an employer proves it that a certain skill is lacking in US economy and accordingly hires foreign person then it doesn?t make sense to subject that skill to an artificial quota.This skill hurts the employers ability to leverage the employee in a better way as the employee gains even more expertise, AND it hurts the employee by having them wait for upto 10-15 years and thus subjecting them to possible abuse by the employer. We demand that this limit itself be removed in the interest of the employers and immigrants which will certainly provide a boost to the economy.

2) Remove the per country limits
Per country quotas of 7% exists today. It exacerbates the situation to applicants from high-demand countries like India, China, Mexico and Philippines. Approximately just 10,000 visa numbers are available to India whereas it's estimated that at least 44% of the applicants may be from India (based on USCIS statistics of around 44% of H1bs being granted to India every year). As spouse and children are counted, considering 4 members per family, on an average only 2500 Indian applicants get Green cards in a year. As you can see the numbers are dismal. Meaning, if you are from India, China, Mexico or Philippines, you may have to wait 10 to 12 years or more to get your Green Card.

3) Remove Counting of Family Members towards EB visa Cap.
Today Family members (i.e. dependents of the primary EB applicant) are counted towards the EB cap. It makes the already paltry and artificial EB cap even smaller allowing approximately only 60K true skilled workers to enter the workforce every year.

4) Capture Wasted Visas from Prior Years
In the last 17 years 218.000 visas have been wasted because of processing delays between USCIS and DOS. If those visas were captured and used, the entire EB backlog today can be removed thus reducing a significant pain for employers and immigrants.

We acknowledge that you are aware of the problems but there has not been any action taken from the congress or President to help us. Above are few suggestions from us, and we request you consider directing congress to act on them as soon as possible so that we can contribute even better to the growth and prosperity of this country.

Thank you

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February 5, 2017
Someone from Colorado Springs, CO writes:
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Seems like everyone here think that living in America and paying taxes makes them entitled to get a Green Card and eventually become citizens. Bragging about paying taxes is like bragging about obeying traffic lights. It's not voluntary and if you don't pay you'll end up in jail. Y'all need to understand that we have a system in this country that we all follow.You should be thankful enough that this country let you in and gave you a job which probably another American citizen needs
2 months ago
Someone from Cypress, CA signed.
January 11, 2017
Someone from Cumming, GA writes:
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Respected Congress, Being in US for 11 years, contributing to economy, paying 25% net tax every year, investing in house and still waiting for green card. close H1B loopholes, raise minimum wage to at least 90K so that no US worker job is taken away. Please support this bill and end discrimination against high skilled law abiding legal immigrants.
January 6, 2017
Someone from Natick, MA writes:
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Been in the country legally since past 11+ years (paying taxes all the way) and stuck in Green card processing unable to advance in life / career.
December 9, 2016
Someone from Houston, TX signed.
November 24, 2016
Someone from New York, NY writes:
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November 23, 2016
Someone from New York, NY writes:
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If you don't like the U.S. system, quit complaining and go home. There are plenty of U.S. citizens that would love and are qualified for your job. U.S. owes you nothing. Go home and use your skills to benefit your own country.
October 5, 2016
Someone from MN, MN writes:
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Been in the country legally since past 8+ years (paying taxes all the way), paid college fees (for MS degree) and stuck in Green card processing unable to advance in life / career.
August 11, 2016
Someone from Nashville, TN signed.
August 5, 2016
Someone from Charlotte, NC writes:
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Please remove Country of Birth as the denominator to make India vs Rest of World selection. I'm a French citizen but cannot avail Rest of World because of this