Some 100,000 Green Cards at Risk of Going to Waste in COVID-19 Backlog
Immigration Partner Leon Fresco was cited in a Wall Street Journal article about the backlog of employment-based green cards. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been approving green cards at a slower pace since the onset of the pandemic, exacerbating an already-existing backlog. An official from the U.S. Department of State estimated that about 100,000 will go unissued and expire at the end of September. Mr. Fresco, who previously served as an immigration official in the Obama Administration, commented that when Congress created the green card system, it did not anticipate a situation like a pandemic that would render the government unable to manage the overflow. Some Democratic congressional aides have said they are working on a proposal to make unused green cards from previous years available, but they are unsure where it would fit in with current bills.
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