Allow H-1B visa to stay 3 more months whose visa expires & PERM is pending due to COVID-19

Allow H-1B visa to stay 3 more months whose visa expires & PERM is pending due to COVID-19

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COVID-19, the terror, has a strikingly negative impact in another of the so listed many cases. Yes, I mean to point at our millions of H-1B visa holders whose application for PERM processing are delayed because of the pandemic and slowed down the pace of PERM approval for green card processing at the Department of Labor. Every day, thousands of applicants who have struggled so hard to be where they are today and with a big dream come to the United States, work hard and give their 100% efficiency to the companies in the United States. But now because of the pandemic, people whose H1B are ending this year and who have already applied for green card processing, are on the waitlist among the many other applicants. Most companies apply for green cards for their employees who hold H-1B visas by the beginning of the 5th year because 6 years is the maximum term of a work permit holding an H-1B visa. Now that the processing is taking longer than normal due to COVID, I believe the United States government would be lenient to consider adding a few extra time to their visa so that their application gets processed easily and that they do not need to be stressed about it or take any unreasonable decision.


Most families living on H-1B visa are very stressed about the fact that the application processing time is taking longer than expected and in case they do not get it approved before the last day of their H-1B visa validity, they might have to leave the county. Not all are prepared for it because they have kids who go to school or financial liability in the United States.


It not only will help the individuals who are on H-1B visas but also many other institutions. Let me get an example of a person I know. Name, profession, and other data are changed for privacy purposes.


Tom is a software professional at Silicon Valley. He has been working for a multi-national company for decades. 6 years ago, his company sent him from his country to the United States for managing a big project. Tom decides to bring his family here. So, Tom, his wife Shelly, and his 8-year-old son Dmitri left their country for the big American dream. In the United States, Tom is developing/managing an application to support the Heath institution to do a better job addressing their patients. Dmitri got admission to a local middle school and Shelly got enrolled into a business school to further her career. 5 years passed and they are in a great position in life. Like everyone else, they have medical bills, credit card payments, loans, mortgages, and car finance, to mark a few. Dmitri is about to complete his final year in school. Shelly is working as a business analyst in a small firm and Tom is now a busy man in his project. He is now the program manager of the medical application and has a lot of responsibilities on him. Tom’s parent company applied for his green card but they are worried about the fact that it might take more than a year to process his I-140 and extend his H-1B visa for him to continue working in the United States and support the medical system. Things got pretty stressed in Tom’s family. He is not the same man now. He is stressed about Dmitri who is on the verge of completing high school. And Shelly also has a job on her own and does not want to leave everything and go back with Tom. Their whole American dream seems to be falling apart. Not only that, all the payments for his house, car, loans, credit cards, etc. will also burden him with debts. Looking from the companies’ perspective, the project would now need a different manager to support the system. The financial institution will also be under loss as their payments will now be slowed down because Tom will not be able to make everyone happy. He is moving back to his country.


What should Tom do? When his company applied for green card processing, they did not know that the pandemic would slow down the entire process. Due to the delay of the people from last year, it also affected many people who applied after Tom. And the entire chain of delay in processing time continues. Do people like Tom who has been a good temporary resident and want to further their career and give their everything to the country of their dream, be going back leaving everything here? Some Tom is strong to face it, while others can’t and take a drastic step to either end their life or mislead themselves into the dark world of alcohol.


A few months of the grace period in their visa might help to make things work. If people like Tom can get a temporary stay of 3 months more on top of their normal visa date, this might resolve 85-90% of the cases in green card processing.


My request to the authority is to look at this situation and help the H-1B visa holders whose green card or PERM application are in the process. As we know green card processing takes time and individuals wait patiently for many months to get this process, let us help them to be stress-free and ease the green card processing by allowing them to stay 3 months more than their H-1B visa end date. With the pandemic affecting everywhere, and companies helping people to catch up with their payment and mortgage, let us help those who make America great by working hard for the country. Let us show some gratitude towards all those hard-working individuals who put in their 2 cents for the welfare of society in return for a dream to have a better future for their families.


I am not here to tell the government what to do. The system is running the country and they are much more efficient and capable of handling these kinds of situations. My petition is just an awareness of what is happening around us and if looked deeply at it, we might make the lives by bringing a smile to the face of millions of teenagers like “Dmitri", "Tom" and "Shelly",  who pursue their education/career in the world of their dream. Let's join hands to make this awareness reach the department.

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