Immigration group pressing for green card reforms

On 3rd and 4th March, high-skilled immigrants from across the United States will converge on Capitol Hill to press for common sense immigration reform that will end green card backlogs for employment-based immigrants.

immigration Voice 2The event is being organised by Immigration Voice, the national grassroots organisation of legal, high-skilled immigrants living and working in the United States. “The current system is harmful to immigrants and to the American economy, and we’re asking Congress to fix it,”said Aman Kapoor, Co-Founder and President ofImmigration Voice.

“There are a million high-skilled, legal immigrants and their family members who are trapped in a broken system,” he continued. “Current law keeps highly trained professionals stuck in a bureaucratic backlog for decades, unable to start new businesses, change jobs or live up to their full potential. Incredibly talented immigrants, including many graduates of America’s top universities, are choosing to pack up and leave. They’re starting companies and creating jobs abroad, even though they’d like to stay here.”

Immigration Voice members will hold more than 300 meetings with lawmakers and congressional staff over two days. Participants will advocate for action on immigration this year and a greater focus on eliminating the green card backlogs confronting employment-based immigrants.

The group believes that current reform measures, which are due to be discussed in the House of Representatives later this year, do not aid the green card situation – and in fact state, if passed, would only serve to make matters worse.

immigration voice 1“Unfortunately, the existing House reform proposals would do very little to address the horrendous backlogs confronting legal, high-skilled immigrants already living in the US,” continued Kapoor. “In fact, misguided efforts to increase temporary work visas without addressing the green card system will only exacerbate the backlog problem. It just doesn’t make any sense.”

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