Imagine if you have studied for years, married and come to the promised land with the hope of making a future for your family believing that if you give all you got to the promised land, the promised land will give back to you.
- Imagine you were told by your hiring company that they need your talent, work hard and you will ultimately be able to live in a great country.
- Imagine you believe in those words and brought your wife and children who are not able to work to help this promised land to progress.
- Imagine now that this promise land is saying “well unfortunately the waiting time for you to be able to become a resident is around 10 to 70 years depending how good you are.”
- Imagine now that every time you think your turn is coming you find out that you have to wait longer.
- Imagine that you find out that your family is stressed and your kids now are too old to even be resident of the only country they came to know.
- What do you do? Who would you blame?
Well this is exactly what is happening to thousands of Indian and Chinese nationals who came on employment visa to the United States. While there are many arguments which can be made to explain that they are guest workers, we still have to admit they were misrepresented in giving their talents to United States.
The Visa Bulletin October 2012, which is the Department of State numerical calculations of resident numbers, shows that applicants from India under the Employment Based Category 2 will have to wait almost 8 and probably more to obtain a permanent residence. Many have sacrificed their talents and the best time of their lives to make this country especially the Silicon Valley California great and now we are telling them, they are “unwanted” or not fit to be resident of this great country.
I wonder how the Indian Nationals will be taking it. I have only two words what is going to happen next, “Brain Drain”….United States of America will be losing the cream and lose in the competition in technology to India and China.
In the time where we need innovation and talents to come and create jobs for Americans, “choking” Indians and also Chinese nationals’ talents is not only a bad move but an economic suicide.
The question I ask to America is what have the Indians and Chinese done to deserve this?
By Shah Peerally,Esq.