Why Ordering for 34 million Empty Greencards is a Big news?USCIS issue less than a million Greencards every year including Family, employee based category and Diversity visa lottery. Over the next 5 years USCIS may need only 5 million Empty cards. But this announcement if for 34 million Greencards.
President Obama has been stressing out that he would sign the executive order to issue Work permit to the Illegal immigrants living in this country and he would help the US Businesses by supporting High skilled immigration which is nothing but Greencards for Employment based categories. He clearly specified that he would take action after mid term elections on November 4th.
Key things in Greencard production Bid proposalFedBizOpps.gov said it is planning to order these empty cards to prepare Permanent Resident Cards(PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD).
Highlights of the proposal includes -
Vendor company must be able to Supply minimum of 4 million Greencards a year.
In the first year 9 million greencards may be needed.
Total order will not exceed 34 million.
They must store the empty card until government needs them.
What It means for Masters Students in USA, EB2 and EB3 categories?With out giving EADs or Greencards to legal workers staying in USA govt can't issue GCs to Illegal immigrants. For sure EB2 and EB3 people will be the primary beneficiaries. Eliminating the country cap and increasing the number of greencards to EB2 and EB3 categories is expected.
Obama will do something good for Masters students directly since Immigration reform mentioned International Students who graduated from US Institutions will be given preference in Issuing Greencard . They might get a separate pipeline. Espicially Technology giants like Facebook, Google, Microsoft are looking for this and pushing the skilled immigration reform.