Thousands of high-skilled foreign legal immigrant workers marched in Washington D.C. on Sep 18 2007 .The protesters—engineers, doctors, MBA graduates, software developers, computer programmers, and the like—called US Government for a doubling of the number of green cards allotted each year to stay in the country permanently.
High-skilled professionals cannot wait forever for permanent residency. Without green cards, many will have to leave the U.S. because temporary work visas have limits. Unfortunately, the loss will be to US, as US already faces a reverse brain drain.
Researchers from Harvard, Duke and New York universities recently reported that over one million highly-skilled workers are stuck in the green card backlog, with waits of 6-8 years.