An influential group of Indian -American doctors have said they will approach the Congress seeking a say in the immigration reform, as they said the country was facing shortage of doctors with present mechanism.
"AAPI is once again in the forefront in bringing many burning health care issues facing the community at large and bringing this to the Capitol and to the US Congress," said Dr Sampat Shivangi, co-chair of AAPI Legislative Affairs Committee.
"Many prominent US Congressmen and the Senators are expected to address the symposium," he said.
Indian-Americans constitute less than one per cent of America's population, but they account for nine per cent of the country's doctors and physicians.
"The over representation of Indians in these fields (engineering, IT and medicine) is striking in practical terms, one out of seven doctors is likely to be of Indian Heritage," Forbes magazine recently wrote.
"The symposium will have a panel discussion on Immigration Reform and ways for AAPI members to be part of the process in the implementation of the health care reform in this country," said Dr Harbhajan Ajrawat, chair of AAPI Legislative Affairs Committee.
As part of comprehensive immigration reform, AAPI has urged the Congress to include international medical graduates also, along with international students graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) being fast-tracked for Green Cards.
This proposal enables highly-skilled workers to remain in the United States after receiving their higher education in America. Among the areas where AAPI had sought US lawmakers to support their agenda included increasing 15,000 more Residency Positions.