US Eases Green Card regulations, Helping Professionals Get Visas Faster

For Indian professionals waiting for Green Cards, the Biden administration has loosened eligibility requirements. The USCIS recommendation gives thousands of people who are dealing with protracted waiting periods relief, enabling them to work and contribute to the US economy.

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In order to make it easier for people waiting for green cards to work and live in the US, the Biden administration has made a crucial step. In a recent step, the government provided policy recommendations, easing the wait for Green Cards or permanent residency for Indian professionals.

An invitation from President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden to visit the US from June 21–24 has prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take this measure right before his trip.

Direction from USCIS

Specific guidelines on the eligibility requirements for first and renewal applications for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) under compelling circumstances have been released by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Thousands of Indian technology workers who have been facing protracted waiting periods for Green Cards are anticipated to benefit from this advise.

Knowing the Green Card Process

A Green Card, often called a Permanent Resident Card, is a legal document that allows foreign nationals to live permanently in the US. According to immigration legislation, 140,000 Green Cards based on employment are given out each year.

Individuals from high-demand nations, such as India, have had severe delays in acquiring Green Cards due to an annual cap of 7% per country.

requirements for eligibility for a green card

To be eligible for an initial EAD based on compelling circumstances, applicants must fulfil particular standards outlined in the USCIS guidance.

  1. Form I-140 petition for an immigrant worker that has been approved: Applicants must be the petition's primary beneficiary.
  2. Application for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) requires that the applicant have a valid non-immigrant status or be in a grace period that has been approved.
  3. No Application for Adjustment of Status: Applicants should not have submitted an application for adjustment of status, which converts their nonimmigrant status to permanent resident status.
  4. Biometrics and Criminal History: According to USCIS standards, applicants must satisfy specific biometric and criminal history requirements.
  5. The USCIS will use its discretion to decide whether an applicant can show compelling circumstances that support the granting of employment permission. These conditions can include severe disease or disability, conflicts with or retaliation by an employer, major harm, or interruptions in employment.

It's crucial to remember that these specifications only apply to initial EAD applications supported by compelling circumstances.

Qualifications and Supporting Documents

A non-exhaustive list of qualifying situations has been supplied by the USCIS, giving applicants the chance to provide proof to back up their claims.

If there are compelling reasons, applicants with granted immigrant visa petitions in chargeability or oversubscribed categories may provide documentation such as proof of their enrollment in school or higher education, a mortgage, or a long-term lease.


For Indian professionals who have been waiting a long time for permanent residency, the Biden administration's relaxation of Green Card eligibility norms offers optimism. With these new regulations in place, it is anticipated that more people will have the chance to work and contribute to the US economy, promoting a competent and diversified labour force.

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