A group of leading technology organizations (Tech Companies) has suggested the US government introduce stronger policies that would permit children of highly skilled immigrants to legally live in the country past the age of 21.
17 US technology companies, including Google, Amazon, Salesforce, and IBM, have reported to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas contacting for changes, as estimates recommend that nearly 200,000 children are at risk of aging from their parents’ work permits. If their place of residence is there, the applications are not processed in the period.
High-skilled non-immigration visas
Most of these are Indian nationals, who account for about 70% of H-1B high-skilled non-immigration visas allocated yearly.
The companies said this is stopping them from drawing and having effective talent. According to the letter, US companies (Tech Companies) had more than 11 million available jobs, which is 5 million more than employees.
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It counted that the pandemic-induced uncertainty in the visa procedure has exacerbated the situation.
“The best practice to solve this problem holistically is to stop the per-country limit for employment-based green cards and increase the number of such green cards. Children of long-time residents can be prevented from aging through green card applications. “Their parents would solve the quick issue of aging, with administrative act to save the children would be another choice,” said Stuart Anderson, executive director of the National Foundation for America.
The US administration has also been encouraged to pass the Children of America Act which will pave the way for legal status for these children.
This is not the first time these companies have rebounded concurrently on the topic of immigration.
Immigrant workers are a major basis of talent for technology firms, which have been used for work permits in big numbers over the past few years.
They then support green cards or permanent residency for many of these visa holders to confirm that they can remain in the country and that the company does not lose entry to highly skilled and trained technical talent.
“The best way to solve this problem holistically is to eliminate the per-country limit for employment-based green cards and increase the number of such green cards. Children of long-time residents can be prevented from aging through green card applications. “Their parents would solve the immediate problem of aging, with administrative action to protect the children would be another option,” said Stuart Anderson, executive director of the National Foundation for America.
Source: Economictimes Indiatimes