A US presidential advisory committee has voted to streamline the green card process, which, whenever implemented, will hugely lessen wait times for Indian candidates. The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (PACAANHPI) has voted to reduce green card processing time to six months – right now. Indians face wait times of over a decade for their permanent residence permit. These proposals will be sent to President Joe Biden, who may then implement them through an executive order.
“These are recommendations and will require government action or agency policy changes to have an effect,” said Poorvi Chothani, managing partner at LawQuest, an immigration law firm. “If it does gain traction and even if a few changes are implemented it would benefit Indians who are in the green card queue.”
The Immigration and Citizenship Sub-committee approved a set of proposals that are currently to be introduced for additional approval. One of these is a recommendation to reduce internal processing times for family green card applications. Indian candidates face the most wait times on account of the annual country cap and the high number of applicants.
Speeding up Green Card Processing Times within 6 Months
Others include reducing the visa backlog by growing staff and modernizing processes. At the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to reduce wait times, and extend premium processing services. Also, give automatic work permit renewals, and quickly process work permits and other immigration applications.
It also suggests that the USCIS and Department of State issue new public charge policies. That help Asian American and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander immigrant families access health and well-being support. And partner with other federal agencies and community organizations to engage in outreach to these communities.
It also suggested National Visa Center (NVC) State Department facility hire extra officials. To increase their capacity to process green card application interviews by 100% in 90 days from August 2022. And to increase Green card application visa interviews and adjudicate decisions by 150 percent by April 2023.
“Thereafter Green Card visa interviews and visa processing timeline should be a maximum of six months,” it said.