Thousands of Indians in the US are waiting for decades for the adjustment of their H-1B visas to green cards. Many of us will probably not get a green card in our life time so this new restriction has little impact for us,” says Anirban Das, president and founder of advocacy group Skilled Immigrants in America (SIIA), which has been campaigning for clearing of green card backlogs for Indians.
In a relief for healthcare workers, President Trump announced exemptions for any “alien seeking to enter the United States on an immigrant visa as a physician, nurse, or other healthcare professional; to perform medical research or other research intended to combat the spread of COVID-19.”
“Many our members are doctors and nurses and healthcare workers who are working in the front lines of this pandemic. Many are researchers working to find a cure. They are on visas and many are worried that if they get sick, lose their job or die, their family will be deported. During a crisis like this, the last thing they need to worry about is their immigration status. We have urged Congress to consider giving healthcare professionals access to Green Cards so that they can continue to serve this country and the people,” Das said.
There is cause for worry for Indians on non-immigrant visas such as the H-1B since the US President has announced that: “Within 30 days of the effective date of this proclamation, the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall review non-immigrant programs and shall recommend to me other measures appropriate to stimulate the United States economy and ensure the prioritization, hiring, and employment of United States workers.”