White House Reaffirms Commitment to Address H-1B Visa Challenges and Green Card Backlog

Featured & Cover White House Reaffirms Commitment to Address H 1B Visa Challenges and Green Card Backlog

The White House has affirmed President Joe Biden’s dedication to tackling challenges within the H-1B visa process and reducing the backlog for green card applicants. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre conveyed this commitment during a press briefing, highlighting steps taken to enhance the H-1B visa process and address the backlog for lawful permanent residents seeking U.S. citizenship.

Jean-Pierre responded to concerns that the Biden administration might prioritize addressing issues faced by illegal immigrants over those encountered by legal immigrants, such as challenges related to the H-1B visa process and the green card backlog. This concern arose following a recent study by the Cato Institute, which projected that only 3 percent of green card applicants would secure permanent residence in fiscal year 2024, with the backlog currently estimated at around 34.7 million applications.

She underscored the administration’s efforts to fortify the integrity of the immigration system and curb potential fraud, citing a recent final rule published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pertaining to the H-1B visa. Jean-Pierre reassured that bolstering legal immigration remains a priority and affirmed the administration’s commitment to addressing these concerns earnestly, with a focus on enhancing the visa process.

“We will continue our work to improve the system within our authorities, and that has certainly been a priority,” Jean-Pierre emphasized, indicating the administration’s serious approach to these issues and its dedication to implementing improvements in the visa process.

To streamline procedures, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has introduced myUSCIS organizational accounts, allowing multiple individuals within an organization and their legal representatives to collaborate on and prepare various documents, including H-1B registrations, petitions, and associated Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service.

Ahead of the H-1B Electronic Registration Process scheduled to commence in March 2024, USCIS has emphasized the necessity of a new organizational account for participation. The agency has pledged to swiftly address any technical challenges encountered by legal representatives whose accounts were migrated after February 14, 2024, ensuring minimal disruption, particularly concerning cases beyond H-1B filings.

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