Clearing The Huge Visa BacklogHalf a million foreign nationals have had their U.S. immigration petitions approved, but are still awaiting their visas to come to this country.
The COVID pandemic has decimated the visa processing system and as resulted in a visa backlog six times that of pre-COVID levels. The visa appointments which were previously granted in just weeks or even days now often take more than a year to procure. Some types of visas are now all but impossible to obtain.
In 2021, the number of nonimmigrant visas issues was less than half of the level before COVID. Among the many detrimental implications of this huge visa backlog is the inability of U.S. businesses to fill key positions with immigrants. Another is the inability of families to reunify.
REOPENING AMERICA’S DOORS TO IMMIGRATION REQUIRES ADDRESSING THE VISA BACKLOG
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