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Huge Trump-era and pandemic immigrant visa backlog poses a challenge for Biden

Even though President Joe Biden has moved to reverse many of his predecessor’s anti-immigration policies, the consequences of those restrictive measures linger and have contributed toa massive backlog of nearly 2.6 million visa applications.The backlog includes nearly half a million applicants who are “documentarily qualified” and ready for interviews, according to a recent legal filing by the State Department. Backlogs in some immigrant-visa categories are 50 or even 100 times higher than they were four years ago, at the start of the Trump administration. Click here for details – courtesy CNN

There’s good and bad news for immigrants waiting for USCIS biometrics appointments

More than a million immigrants in the United States who have applied for U.S. citizenship through naturalization, adjustment of status, and other benefits have been waiting for their biometric services appointment at a local Application Support Center (ASC) to provide their fingerprints, photograph, and/or signature. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-person services were canceled at Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices between March and June of last year, and there have been subsequent restrictions after opening to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Thousands of biometrics appointments were canceled and USCIS said it would reschedule them […]

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