Sunday, March 7, 2010

Recapture of immigrant visas

Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) says that per year, employment-based preference immigrant visas is at least 140,000. But, between 1994 and 2006, every year less thatn 140,000 employment based green cards where issued because of delays in processing by USCIS. In the year 2000, congress approved to recapture, 130,000 of the not used visas. However, there were about 219,000 that were not recaptured.

Currently, the estimated number of pending employment based green card applications is about 350,000. Recapture of the remaining visas will help to reduce the backlog to a great extent. This will help a lot especially for people whose current projected date of getting green card is year 2045.

In 2008, H. R. 5882 bill was introduced by Rep Lofgren, Zoe to recapture these visas, but the bill never became law.

Will the congress act now ?

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1 comment:

  1. Nope. Congress is going to act on providing amnesty to illegal immigrants. It is a tight slap on the face of legal immigrants who are not only highly qualified but also have taken years to process legal paperworks and worked with the immigration system.

    Kins of illegal immigrant workers claim they have attended high school but cannot enroll in college. You know what I say to them "There were legal immigrants who were denied residency after several years and their families had to leave United States within 1 month. So if you have come as illegals then pay for it now. I am sorry but there is no free lunch."