USCIS to Reissue 280,000 Available Green Cards
USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) is working against a September 30 deadline to reissue 280,000 available green cards and avoid the repeat of unused ones that happened last year. In 2021 during the pandemic, tens of thousands of green cards expired unused due to backlogs and long processing times. The 280,000 employment-based green cards would help foreign workers fill jobs during the U.S. labor shortage.
USCIS has taken steps to meet the September 30 deadline to reissue the green cards:
- hiring over 4000 more employees
- moved some staff from other immigration services to processing green cards
- redistributed applications among different field offices to spread the workload more evenly
- used a “risk-based approach” to waive green card interview requirements
- urged applicants to submit medical forms as soon as their applications are submitted
- encouraged applicants to transfer their applications from one employment-based visa category to another with lower demand when eligible, called interfiling or transfer of underlying basis
A USCIS official said, “We want to get them all through the process as efficiently as possible.”
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