Mumbai: Only 7,990 skilled Indian employees of US companies got a green card during fiscal 2019. This was merely 10% of the total green cards issued to EB2 and EB3 applicants according to a Times of India report.
In general, those having an advanced degree qualify for the EB2 category, whereas EB3 is for skilled workers and professionals.
TOI’s analysis shows that in the previous fiscal, the scenario was slightly better as, at the end of September 30, 2018, the number of skilled Indian employees to have obtained green card under these two categories aggregated to 10,208 (nearly 13% of the total). The future trend appears bleak, unless the per-country cap is lifted.
Cato Institute, an American libertarian think-tank, reports, “The only reason that Indians received 10% of the total green cards in these categories (in fiscal 2019) is because demand from the rest of the world was low enough to leave some unused. But demand from the rest of the world is increasing, which will further shrink the numbers for Indians.”
David J Bier, an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute who authored this report, contrasts this decline in allotment of green cards with the increasing share of green card applications filed for Indians by US employers. “The share of applications increased from 50% to 53% in 2019. Because this disparity has persisted for years, the result is that nearly all (93%) of immigrants waiting for green cards solely because of the low immigration limits are from India,” states Bier.