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Showing posts from June, 2012

Employment Based Green Card Marathon

There are 3 most popular ways to get a Green Card to live and work in US: Through Marriage with a US Citizen, Employment Sponsorship and the Diversity Lottery. I would like to articulate on the unfairness of the process for the Employment based applicants and its repercussions. After getting a scholarship to study at Brandeis University, I arrived in the United States on August 28, 1998 on an F-1 Student Visa. After graduating with my Master's degree, I had 1 year of OPT - Optional Practical Training which allowed me to work for companies that were in fields similar to my concentration. Next chapter in my immigration story is the H1-B Work Visa which is frowned upon. This visa provides an entry point for skilled immigrants and it is one of the very few points of entry to the US based on merit. Scorn on this quota of about 85k is well deserved on an emotional level, especially when considering high unemployment of today's workplace. Yet, working in IT and being involved with …