According to an article on the Economic Times of India it seems  that we are all expecting good immigration reforms in the coming years which will benefit Indian nationals.  We also believe that such reforms should include benefits for both documented and undocumented immigrants.  The Economic times mentions:

“Sanjay Puri, chairman, US India Political Action Committee, believes that immigration reforms will now be on the fast track. “One of the things that President Obama has said consistently in public and private is that he will try to get immigration reform done in his second term. Given the challenges the Republicans faced in states such as Nevada, Florida, Colorado and New Mexico, they are likely to realise that they need to take into account a fast-growing Hispanic population, which is turning to the Democrats in a big way.

To make inroads into the community and to ensure that they don’t become a permanent minority, the Republicans will need to be at the table on fixing immigration reforms. It would mean that H-1B and skill-based visas, the main concern of Indian immigrants, would also become part of the discussion, along with the need to retain Indian students with degrees in sciences from US universities and giving them green cards,” he said.

Obama’s decision in June 2012 to stop the deportation of young illegal immigrants, who arrived in America with their parents and graduated from US schools, has found huge support among the Hispanic community. This category of immigrants has been allowed to receive work authorisation and their numbers are believed to be about 1.4 million.”

This analysis is true that not only the Hispanic  population will benefit from Immigration reform but also the South Asian communities especially Indian high-skilled  workers who have been waiting  for years to obtain their immigration papers fixed.  Currently, the waiting time of  Indian nationals  on employment based category (eb) 2 and eb3 have been growing over the years.  This wait is not only unfair but taking an actual negative economic toll.  Many Companies are eager to hire higher highly skilled individuals and yet they are unable to do so.  On the other hand,  the highly skilled workers from India are disappointed and uneasy about an uncertain future.

President Obama promised during his campaign and first  speeches after the re-election, to fix immigration.  While everything points out to  his sincerity, we all hope the majority in the House will not obstruct this approach.  As such we are all hoping that this time the  House of Representatives and Senate  will actually  give a chance not only to the undocumented but to those people who are suffering from an endless wait.  In case there are obstructions we call on President Obama to use his executive powers to help the Indian nationals just like he did for the dreamers with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  We actually do not believe it will be necessary.

The good news is that  everything is pointing to this reality.  More and more  experts including  our team now believe that  there is no choice for America.  The majority of people are all in favor or a fair approach and articles on the New York Times, from NBC and Washington post, are all calling for a fair immigration reform.  Such an approach should include  a comprehensive change. One which will take care of the millions of undocumented workers (also called illegals) but also  reduce the waiting time for individuals on EB2 and EB3 categories from India and increasing the H1B cap to allow the desired talents which our country needs.

The momentum is now and all the immigrants need to push for a radical fair change .  We call on our leaders to make this change for the better of the immigrant community but also for the growth the United States economy.  United we stand and divided we actually fall!

As such we have started a petition with the White House  to this effect, and we would request your support on the matter.  Please sign:



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Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).