Quotas on Green Cards have created a backlog that is so long that many immigrants wait years – even decades – to get a green card. Thursday, October 10, thousands turned out in Chicago to protest green card delays and Illinois Senator Dick Durban’s blocking of the immigration bill that would have removed the 7% country cap.
The Illinois Immigration Forum, many from India, held a “Walk for Equality” in support of the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, which would remove country caps to allow immigrants to receive green cards on a first-come, first-serve basis. The protest march, including thousands of Indian nationals, was organized by the Illinois Immigration Forum to urge Illinois Senator Dick Durbin to support the Senate bill S.386 Bill. The US House of Representatives passed the H.R. 1044 known as the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act in July, which would eliminate country quotas. S.386, its companion bill, has been stalled in the Senate and was blocked by Durban on September 26. Only 1 vote is needed to block a bill.
The bill would have eliminated per-country caps for employment-based green cards, and raised them to 15% for family-based. The bill does not increase or decrease the number of employment-based green cards issued each year. Opponents say that while the bill would decrease green card delays and wait times of foreign nationals from India and China, it would unfairly increase green card delays and wait times for countries such as Canada and Argentina.
Do you want to get a Green Card in Chicago? The increasingly complex rules governing legal admission to and naturalization in the United States has made the immigration process difficult to understand. With experience in many immigration cases, Mario Godoy and the other experienced immigration attorneys at the Godoy Law Office can assess your situation and advise you on your best options. Call today at 855-554-6369.