Unlimited Weekly Immigration News Archive: March 8, 2024


New poll finds immigration top concern among American voters

According to a new survey According to Gallup, American voters consider immigration the most important issue facing the country.

The survey this month found that the share of U.S. adults citing “immigration” as their top concern rose to 28 percent, up from 20 percent in January 2024. Immigration has outpaced both “government ” and “the economy in general” as the main concern. question at the forefront.

The 2025 H-1B Lottery Opens March 6, With Some New Changes

The initial registration period for fiscal year 2025 H-1B cap The lottery opened at noon Eastern Time on March 6, 2024 and will continue until noon Eastern Time on March 22, 2024.

Starting this year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require valid passport/travel document information for all potential H-1B applicants going through the electronic registration process. All employers and their prospective H-1B employees will also need to create a new shared “myUSCIS organizational account” to register.

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Religious workers in the United States face huge green card backlog

Foreign-born clerics now face multi-year wait times to obtain a green card due to growing numbers. back in the EB-4 “Special Immigrants” category.

The U.S. government grants 10,000 green cards in the EB-4 category each year. High demand for EB-4s in recent years means some religious workers who applied in 2019 are still stuck in immigration limbo and have yet to receive a decision on their cases.

US aims to reduce visa wait times for Indian applicants

According to the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs, the U.S. Department of State (DHS) is working to reduce waiting time for visa appointments for Indians wishing to travel to the United States. The U.S. Embassy in India processed 1.4 million visas in 2023, with wait times decreasing by 75% for most visa categories.

The only category still experiencing delays in available visa appointments is the B-1/B-2 tourist visa, specifically for first-time visitors to the United States.

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