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Indian applicants rush to downgrade applications for path to faster green card

Indian applicants rush to downgrade applications for path to faster green card
Indian applicants rush to downgrade applications for path to faster green card
Lawyers said there was still some lack of clarity from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that administers this process.

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The downgrade petition comes with its own risks as preference is given to applicants under higher categories, but many are willing to take the chance given the long wait times for Indian nationals, immigration attorneys said.

Scores of Indian applicants for US green card under the master’s degree quota are downgrading their applications to a lower preference category for people with a bachelor’s degree in the hope that it would be processed faster.The US recently advanced the priority date for employment-based immigration third preference (EB-3) category to 2015 for Indians while that for EB-2, which is for foreign professionals holding advanced degrees, is still
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