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‘Gandhigiri’ pays off in USA

Washington, July 18
A bit of ‘Gandhigiri’ by unhappy Indian green card seekers paid off with the US immigration service reversing itself again to begin immediately accepting applications from thousands of foreign professional workers.

The latest flip-flop followed a unique protest by Indian applicants for permanent residency who sent thousands of flowers to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Emilio Gonzalez last week over a last minute reversal of a June announcement offering expedited processing for H1-B visa holders.

“The public reaction to the July 2 announcement made it clear that the federal government's management of this process needs further review,” Gonzalez stated Tuesday acknowledging the Indian workers’ protest inspired by the hit Hindi movie ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ that extolled Gandhian ways of non-violent protest. "I am committed to working with Congress and the State Department to implement a more efficient system in line with public expectations," he added.

The USCIS announcement Tuesday allows anyone who was eligible to apply under the June announcement to do so by August 17. Applications already properly filed with USCIS will also be accepted, it said. — IANS

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