The Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new guidelines Wednesday that facilitate the process of obtaining permanent residency or green card and other types of visas.
The agency announced in a statement that it was updating its policy for expedited processing of applications, improving the requirements for additional evidence of these and the notices on the intention to deny said application. He also announced that he will increase the period of work permits from one to two years for certain applicants.
“We are taking steps to eliminate policies that do not promote access to the legal immigration system and will continue to implement improvements to modernize our immigration system and help people navigate the path to citizenship,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas.
It will facilitate the obtaining of visas and permanent residences
The Biden Administration removes a Trump-era policy that allowed immigration officials to deny certain incomplete or illegible visa applications, including permanent residences, without first submitting a Request for Additional Evidence (RFE) or a notice announcing the authorities’ intention to deny the request (NOID).
This means that Immigrants will now have a greater opportunity to submit additional documents and correct “unintentional” errors and omissions., so that your requests are not denied.
“In general, a USCIS official will issue an RFE and NOID when it determines that the required additional information or explanation could potentially lead to the applicant being eligible for an immigration benefit,” the agency said.
Applications are expedited
The criteria to define who applies have been updated so that their requests are processed in a fast track.
Nonprofit organizations whose application is “in the interest of the social and cultural interests of the United States” will now be included.
Extension of employment authorizations
One of the biggest challenges immigrants face in obtaining a work permit (EAD) – which is a requirement for asylum seekers, permanent residency applications and students seeking to obtain an internship permit ( OPT) – en the time it takes authorities to respond.
In many cases, even when the permit is approved, it comes too late, when the period of eligibility for people to use it has ended.
Therefore, the Biden Administration has extended the validity of work permits to two years for foreigners, both for new applications and for renewals.
The authorities explained that in this way they seek to save resources, since the number of requests they receive each year will be reduced and this will allow them to take advantage of the time they invest in processing them in other priority areas.
“These measures are consistent with the priorities of the Biden and Harris Administration to remove unnecessary barriers in the immigration legal system of our nation and reduce the burdens on non-citizens who may be eligible for immigration benefits, “said USCIS Acting Director Tracy Renaud.
“USCIS is committed to promoting policies and procedures that ensure its operation in a fair, efficient, and humane manner, reflecting America’s heritage as a land of opportunity for those who seek it,” the official added.