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    Posted January 29, 2013 by
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    Naturalized citizens: Your thoughts on immigration reform

    10 years after MS in EE, still no green card

    I am a legal immigrant still waiting for my green card for last 10 years. I came to US 12 years back to do my master's in electrical engineer and working in a stable/permanent job which pays me $180K/year.
    For the last 10 years, I have been waiting to get my green card. Being from India, my wait period is excessive long.

    On top of this, the politics do not favor us. When was the last time you heard any party talking about people like us who was highly qualified and stuck waiting for green card. Politicians are only concerned about locking latino votes for next 20 years and put them on welfare.

    Few more points:

    1) H1 workers are more expensive than US citizens to hire because of the salary premium I command and the visa paperwork. If a company is hiring me it means that they could not find a US citizen with similar skill-sets. Hence I can ask for premium. This is my personal experience though. When I look for jobs, I get multiple offers usually.

    2) Democrats want to lock in latino votes for next 20 years for democrats thus he is looking to legalize millions of illegals and those illegals can be on welfare for years to come.

    3) It is sad to see this great country going this route encouraging illegal behavior and instead of penalizing illegal activities rewarding them just because of vote bank politics
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