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70 Years Green Card Wait Time For Highly Skilled Indian EB3 Immigrants

National Foundation For American Policy Report

The report by NFAP (National Foundation For American Policy) shows the struggles for family and employment based visa category backlogs which potentially can take up to 70 years for an Indian citizen to get Green card in US. NFAP – National Foundation for American Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to public policy research on trade, immigration, and other issues of national importance.

The report concludes that even if the backlog of Indians in EB-3 were half as large, the wait time would still exceed 30 years for Indians sponsored today in the category. Many professionals from India have already been waiting 7 to 9 years in the United States.

EB3 India – Employment Based Green card Backlogs Details

For those of you who do not know what an EB3 category – When filing labor certification for employment based US permanent residency, the application is filed in EB1, EB2, EB3 etc. categories. EB1 applicants are equivalent to Einsteins and Edisons wanting to migrate to US. EB2 applicants are qualified if the applicant has master degree in advanced or related field or Bachelors degree with 5 years of work experience. EB3 applicant pools are one who has Bachelors degree in related field.

Based on visa numbers available each year and the current backlog of applications with USCIS, the wait times can be calculated easily for each EB category. For EB3 category for Indian nations the total visa numbers available are 2800 while total applicants from EB3 India category is 210,000 which makes the last 210,000th applicant wait 70 years based on their priority dates.

Check this earlier post which calculates the prediction in years based on priority date.

What is causing this long delay ?

– The employment-based immigrant visa category has remained at 140,000 visas annually since 1990
– The visas include families and dependents and not just the applicants. The family uses 4 visas if the family count is 4.
– Per Country Limits

More Delays :

Possible Solutions To Reduce Wait Times :


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Posted By: Kalyan | Date: October 6, 2011 | Categories: GreenCard, Immigration

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