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US President to review recommendations to reduce processing time for green card, H-1B applications

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US President to consider recommendations to reduce processing time for green card and H-1B applications

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The White House is evaluating recommendations from a Presidential Commission to reduce the processing time for green card applications to just 6 months and eliminate all backlogs by 2023. The proposal, if approved, will benefit many immigrants from countries such as India and China.

A Green Card or Permanent Resident Card is issued to immigrants to the United States, recognizing these individuals’ right to reside in the United States permanently.

The recommendations were made by the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

The commission released a report on Friday in which it sets out the details of the recommendations approved on May 12 and sent to the president on August 24. The White House Domestic Policy Council is currently reviewing the recommendations before it can send them to President Joe Biden for a final decision, according to a PTI report.

The recommendations, if accepted, will be a significant relief for thousands of immigrants.

The commission’s report said processing green cards up to the annual cap has become difficult due to staffing limitations, closures due to Covid-19 as the continuing effect of the 2017 travel ban.

Of 226,000 green cards available, only 65,452 family green cards were issued in fiscal year 2021.

The commission’s report further indicates that the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) should hire additional officers to increase its capacity by 100% in three months beginning in August 2022 to process more interviews. with green card applications. As a result, the Department plans to increase green visa interviews and decisions by 150% by April 2023 from the current capacity of 32,439 in April 2022.

Among other recommendations, the commission also argued for the adjudication of H-1Bs and H-2As, within two months. H-1B is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S. businesses to hire highly skilled foreign workers.