"All my friends who do not have a green card and had travelled to India for vacation were not allowed to come back to the US"

One thing that breaks my heart is how I couldn’t visit my father even once; he was suffering from cancer. I couldn't even attend his funeral because of the backlog of the green card problem: Writes Bijimol Joseph, a frontline healthcare worker in green card backlog.

"All my friends who do not have a green card and had travelled to India for vacation were not allowed to come back to the US"

The backlog of green cards has affected me immensely.

Through these seven years of working as a nurse in this country, I have not had an opportunity to go work at the place I wished to work in. Due to the backlog of the green card, I am not allowed to join hospitals that provide better opportunities.

The backlog in the green card process has meant that I have missed so many important occasions that would enable me to connect with my family. I couldn’t attend my only brother’s wedding while everyone else in the family was present at the occasion. I was the only one who wasn’t able to attend the function because of the green card problem.

One thing that breaks my heart is how I couldn’t visit my father even once; he was suffering from cancer. I couldn't even attend his funeral because of the backlog of the green card problem. As a daughter, it breaks my heart because I will never get to see my father again and all of this was caused by the green card problem.