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Delays in visa process hindering foreign workers

On Behalf of | Feb 10, 2022 | Immigration

Immigration has been an ongoing concern in North Carolina and throughout the United States for several years. Because the process has been under scrutiny by the government and dramatic changes were made, it has had an impact on people who want to come to the U.S. from other countries and work. For foreign nationals who have spouses who are seeking work visas, processing is a current challenge due to lengthy backlogs. While legislators are trying to solve this, it is still important to have experienced assistance.

Important points about the current backlog

Those who are living in the United States as visa holders can also have their spouses come to the country legally to work. The backlog is hindering that endeavor and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina is seeking solutions by trying to get the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security to expedite matters. People who cannot get their visa are losing income and facing financial ramifications because of it. This is believed to be due to the ongoing worldwide health crisis and the changed requirements for H-4 and L-2 visa applicants.

Those who are taking part in these visa programs are frequently in the high-tech fields and are well-educated. Due to the new rules that were implemented during the previous presidential administration including biometric screening and showing up in person, it led to substantial delays extending to up to two years from the previous process that took less than one hour. Even though there was a legal settlement suspending the new rules through 2023 and a six-month extension was granted to late filers, the delays still need to be addressed. Scrutinizing the settlement showed that it has not provided the necessary relief and other steps need to be taken.

Having professional advice can be a difference-maker in the immigration process

As this issue shows, people who are trying to go through the right channels to live and work in the United States legally are at the mercy of changes to the law and the necessary steps to get a visa. This is true regardless of the job, goals, family status and education level. While there is an ongoing attempt to cut through the current delays, people who are facing immigration law concerns should be protected. Discussing their situation with experienced professionals can be helpful to forge a solution regardless of their status.