Green Card is the commonly used term for US employer-sponsored permanent residency for employees to hold on to high-skilled labour.
According to data released by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS), about 360,000 applicants from India have not been able to complete their applications for an employment-based green card though they have been processed, because of the mounting backlog.
China ranks second with 46,926 such applicants.
In recent years, American technology companies have been the top sponsors of permanent residency for employees to acquire and retain high-skilled workforce.
Rising demand coupled with slow processing have resulted in higher backlog for Indian applicants. United States issues 140,000 green cards each year, subject to a 7% per country limit.