By PTI | 12 Apr, 2013, 04.01PM IST
WASHINGTON: Both Indian IT professionals and Indian-American doctors have appealed to US Congress for immigration reforms that will allow more visas and green cards to be awarded.
Observing that nearly 30 per cent of all companies started in the US in 2011 had immigrant founders, Indian IT professionals have appealed to Congressmen to not only consider increasing the H-1B quota but also quick and smooth green card for them.
They told the Congressmen that the immigrant-based businesses have generated more than $775 billion in revenue for American economy.
Over the past few days, a large number of Indian IT professionals from across the country under North American Association of Indian IT Professional (NAIIP), met several dozen lawmakers over including to have their voice heard and incorporate their views in the comprehensive immigration reform.
Urging the Congress to increase H-1B visa quota, NAIIP demanded that revalidation of H-1B visa be allowed to be done within the US.
If the country specific visa system is lifted employers could bring in more technology experienced employees according to their needs from any country, it argued.
Noting that small US companies are not able to find experienced professionals with the requisite skills from the market, NAIIP argued 50:50 ratio will upset visa processing of foreign nationals. Any increase in H-1B visa fee, NAIIP would hit small and medium businesses.
Meanwhile, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) urged US lawmakers to include physicians graduating from accredited US residency programs for green cards, given that as part of comprehensive immigration reform, a proposal may include international students graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) being fast-tracked for Green Cards.
US lawmakers tended to support the AAPI's agenda. "We want the best, the brightest and the bravest to stay here," Congressman Joe Crowley, Co-Chair of the Congressional India Caucus, said in his address to APPI members, assuring that he would work for their legislative agenda.
In fact, Crowley is sponsor of the "Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2013" which would provide an additional 15,000 residency positions in fiscal 2015-2019.
"The next Thomas Edison or Thomas Singh Edison would be from China or India. We may be blessed that he or she could be born here and his or her last name would be Singh," Crowley said.
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) predicts that America will need 90,000 physicians by 2020. The number of physicians needed by 2025 according to the AAMC will reach a staggering 130,000.
"This proposal enables highly-skilled workers to remain in the US after receiving their higher education in America. Physicians graduating from accredited US residency programs should also receive similar treatment. Such a proposal would enable more physicians to be eligible for Green Cards and address the ongoing physician shortage," AAPI argued.
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