A US presidential commission has suggested including aged-out kids in the Green Card application of their parents.
If the Biden government approves this move, it is anticipated that the risk of self-deportation for more than 2,00,000 children, the vast majority of whom are Indian Americans, will be eliminated.
The President’s Commission recommended that USCIS take several steps to address children who age out of their eligibility to be included in their parent’s Green Card application and lose their legal status at the age of 21 in response to the action taken by Indian American community leader Ajay Jain Bhutoria.
US recommends including aged-out kids in parents’ Green Card application
Children of Green Card applicants who are no longer listed as dependents on their parents’ applications. Cannot easily obtain alternative forms of legal immigration status to remain in the United States at this time.
These young people risk losing their legal status and are currently ineligible for other forms of relief. Which puts them in danger of self-deportation. Moreover, they may lose their work authorization and have no immediate path to citizenship or a Green Card.
The commission suggested that USCIS develop a program that would enable aging young people. To automatically switch to another nonimmigrant visa status, allowing them to live, work, and submit Green Card applications in the United States.
It also suggested that USCIS make changes to its rules about how dependents of primary visa holders. Who has aged out of their parents’ applications for access to the Employment Authorization Document (EAD). That allows them to work in the United States should be treated.
A Green Card, known officially as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document given to immigrants to the United States. Also, it shows that the bearer has been granted the right to live permanently in the country.