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DHS Seeks Public Input to Identify Barriers that Limit or Prevent Access to Immigration Benefits and Services

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking for comment from the public on how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can reduce barriers that prevent both U.S. also, foreign residents from acquiring access to the full assortment of legally available immigration services and benefits.

DHS published a Request for Public Input in the Federal Register looking for the public’s input on barriers to USCIS benefits and services, including but not restricted to adjustment of status, naturalization, H-1B nonimmigrant status, refugee status, asylum, and parole. A central goal of the Request for Public Input is to promote equity, above all by reducing administrative burdens, undue complexity, unnecessary confusion, and processing and waiting times. The department requests feedback about any regulations or processes that disproportionally burden disadvantaged, vulnerable or marginalized communities.

DHS Asks For Public Input on Immigration Services & Benefits

This effort will help identify process improvements for USCIS to operate more productively and adequately. Also to improve its administration of the country’s immigration benefits, a central pillar in the agency’s mission. These improvements have the potential to give significant advantages to people; state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; small businesses and startups; educational institutions of all kinds; and nonprofits.

Moreover, this announcement is a part of the Department’s commitment to fulfilling the promise of President Joe Biden’s 2nd Feb 2021, Executive Order 14012. “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans“. Which directs responsible Federal agencies to identify strategies that promote inclusion and identify barriers that impede access to immigration benefits.

[May 2021 Visa Bulletin]

The public may submit comments, identified by docket number USCIS-2021-0004, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Kindly follow the instructions for submitting comments. All written comments are requested on or before 19th May 2021. However, comments submitted in a way other than the one listed in the Federal Register, including letters or e-mails sent to DHS or USCIS officials, may not be surveyed.

Feedback from this initiative will be utilized to refine and strengthen strategic plans, consider reforms. And execute reports according to President Biden’s Executive Order 14012. Moreover, changes and or process improvements, based on this feedback, will be at the sole discretion of DHS.

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