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Immigration Law

Eight Ideas to Speed Up Green Card Processing

David J. Bier, July 14, 2021

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is poised to waste well over 100,000 employment-based green cards for legal immigrants waiting in the 1.2 million person backlog caused by the low visa caps.  Instead of issuing the required 262,000 green cards, the government was only on pace as of April 1 for 113,043.  The pace of approvals has increased since then.  If it fails to issue these green cards by September 30, it could lose the authority to issue them at all (or will lose the authority—at least based on its current interpretation of the law).  Without these green cards, many of these immigrants—primarily from India—would have to wait a lifetime for the chance to immigrate.  Unfortunately, the government is not doing enough to speed up processing and save these green cards from becoming lost. Here is a list of ideas to achieve faster processing....."