December 11, 2023

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Immigration agency extends some work permits to ease processing delays

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An application backlog worsened by the pandemic has made application processing times much longer than they've been in the past, according to an internal watchdog report at Citizenship and Immigration Services.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced plans to immediately increase the length of validity for certain types of work permits to reduce the times that immigrant workers will have to file applications.

It also unveiled a new mission statement laying out its vision to be more “inclusive and accessible” under the administration of President Joe Biden, after the previous administration’s more restrictive approach to immigration. 

The federal agency responsible for overseeing the country’s legal immigration system faces an application backlog of 3.8 million worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an internal watchdog report.

That has led to long delays for many of the immigration petitions they process, especially to issue work permits. They account for 1.4 million of the 8 million applications that Citizenship and Immigration Services has pending for visas, permits and green cards for immigrants living the United States.


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