What is the central issue of the film?
The 7% annual country-cap (quota) in the employment-based permanent residency system needs to be eliminated. The issue gets glaring in the 21st century when immigrants from India account for half of high-skilled workers in the US. The cap is creating an inadvertent form of country discrimination within the work environment that is against the core American values.
Is Permanent Residency (Green Card) the same as citizenship?
It is not the same. Once you are a Green Card holder it takes 5 more years to become a US citizen. The major difference being the voting rights that only a citizen possesses.
Who is a high-skilled person?
High-skilled person is someone who possesses skills in high demand in a nation’s economy. Today these include the STEM professions such as scientists, engineers, computer and IT professionals, health-care professionals, managers, executives, technology entrepreneurs etc.
How long does it take to earn employment-based permanent residency?
Per the current immigration system, it is dependent on immigrant’s country of birth. The system is designed to take 1-2 years. Most of the world does not have a single day of country-quota-based wait. For immigrants from India, the wait is an additional 5, 7, 10 or more years.
What is the problem if it takes longer to earn permanence?
Immigrants waiting for permanence do not have the ‘freedom to be’ while living in the US. They are often tied to an employer, are unable to change careers and start businesses, have to leave the country if they lose employment, and therefore can’t set deep roots –living temporarily in mind.
What difference removing the country-cap from the skill-based system make?
Removing the cap would create a fair system with a single line for permanence for skilled immigrants. That would save a skilled immigrant from India 5 or more years at their prime, making lives more free and much easier to plan.
How big is the backlog of Indian workers waiting for employment-based permanence?
The backlog as of 2016 is estimated at more than half a million. At the current rate of about 30,000 employment-based Green Cards to India each year (half assigned to dependents), the system has created a wait of more than 20 years for a lot of these immigrants.
What level of change is removing the country of birth from the skill-based system?
It needs to happen through the Congress and with the President’s signature.
Why does a conversation on high-skilled immigration matter now?
Between 1995-2012 immigrants founded 25% of all high-tech start-ups across America. A third of these were by skilled immigrants from India and China. But Indian or Chinese were not even expected at the shores when President Lyndon Johnson signed the historic immigration bill in 1965. This period is a testimony to the positive economic force of immigration. As another historic moment for immigration awaits the US, at a time of intense globalization and retirement of the most-skilled baby boomers, any major immigration policy discussion must have strong public awareness and consensus.
Who can sign the Conquer with Love card?
Anyone who believes in fairness and equality of human lives is invited to sign. One doesn’t have to be from any particular country or doesn’t even have to be an immigrant.
Will this be a real card?
Yes, the electronic signatures will be compiled on a sizeable physical card.
How many signatures are needed on the card to send the card?
The card will accommodate all signatures collected. Every sign is one more that believes in value of human life.
What difference can a card make?
Card is a collective and growing voice to prompt an action for something unjust. The first batch of #ConquerWithLove card was delivered at the Capitol in Washington DC in early December 2016 including a copy to Speaker Paul Ryan. The second batch was delivered in June 2017. The next batch will be delivered in late 2017. And as the quote goes – “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no results.” – Mahatma Gandhi