Health work­ers set to get 40k US green cards

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT -

WASH­ING­TON: A bi­par­ti­san group of US sen­a­tors have in­tro­duced a leg­is­la­tion to grant 40,000 un­used green cards to for­eign nurses and physi­cians to fight Covid-19.

The bill pro­poses to grant 25,000 green cards to nurses and the rest 15,000 to physi­cians, which in­clude both those hired abroad or those al­ready in the US.

The US grants around 1 mil­lion green cards a year, sub­ject to a per-coun­try limit of 7%. The queue of ap­pli­cants from In­dia for em­ploy­ment-based green cards is al­ready very long, with wait­ing pe­ri­ods of more than 100 years at the cur­rent rate of dis­posal of cases, and it could not be as­cer­tained if In­dian me­dial pro­fes­sion­als will be able to cir­cum­vent this queue.

“One-sixth of our health care work­force is for­eign-born. Im­mi­grant nurses and doc­tors play a vi­tal role in our health care sys­tem, and their con­tri­bu­tions are now more cru­cial than ever. Where would we be in this pan­demic with­out them?” said Demo­crat se­na­tor Richard Durbin.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had sus­pended all im­mi­grant visas for 60 days. HTC

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