Cheer for Indian’s waiting for US visa
Posted on May 28, 2011
India which ranks third on the list, with 311,000 applicants waiting to migrate to US has reasons to cheer if the “Families Reunited Act” introduced by Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif becomes law. At present there is six million applicants waiting for past eight years and Mexico tops the list.
Honda feels that with the reuniting of the relatives with US residents the economy would gain since they would buy houses and start small business and send children to school and college. The current system has not been updated in over 20 years, and many family members who apply for visas are not granted admission for decades, and that undermines their economic contributions to our country and encourages some frustrated relatives to resort to illegal migration,” he said.
The Reuniting Families Act would also recapture unused family and work visas to be reallocated. It would increase the per-country limits from seven percent to 10 percent for countries with severe backlogs of applicants.
The bill would also allow relatives to immigrate even with the death or divorce from the petitioner, and would allow stepchildren to be classified as immediate family relatives. Rachel Tiven, executive director for Immigration Equality, praised Honda for including a provision for bi-national same-sex couples as part of his legislation.
“Separating families has an enormously expensive impact, it is a drain on the economy and separating Americans from their loved ones and forcing them to move abroad because they can’t keep their family together in this country is simply pointless,” Tiven said.
26 May 2011 Ayyappa Prasad
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