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Asians facing employment immigration challenges

Many Georgia immigrants left their native countries on other continents in search of better lives for themselves and their families. However, many others are yet unable to come to the United States due to delays regarding employment immigration. Current data indicates that people in Asia appear to have longer waits than others when it comes to their green card applications.

In most countries, only 2,000 to 3,000 immigrants obtain green cards each year. This is typically due to annual quotas or country limitations. In countries like India, waiting for green card approval based on employment can take up to 70 years. Some immigration advocates have suggested that eliminating quotas may reduce delays by 50 years or more.

Others say that a higher number of green cards should be given to highly skilled workers. As it is, only about half of all issued green cards go to workers; the rest are given to spouses and family members of workers. Part of the problem may also be that the immigration system has not kept up with a technologically advancing world.

The internet, Smart phones, mobile apps and social networks have created new marketplaces and business opportunities that require highly skilled workers. Thus, the demand is high, but country limits and annual quotas prevent more workers from coming to the  United States. Those pushing for employment immigration reform say that more international students, skilled workers and potential future leaders in the global workforce of the United States could arrive in Georgia and other states if the green card issues they face are resolved. Immigration and naturalization attorneys are experienced in assisting immigrants wanting to acquire either temporary or permanent residence statuses.

Source: Forbes, "7 Facts You Didn't Know About High-Skilled Immigrants", Stuart Anderson, Aug. 20, 2016

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