The stance of Immigration in the United States for 2024

Immigration in the United States is anticipated to be subject to multiple changes in 2024, such as policy changes, adjustments to visa requirements, and improvements to handling processing delays. This article is a little glimpse of what is to come for immigrants in the United States in 2024.

Visa Updates and Changes

2024 is expected to bring various changes to multiple visa types. The current administration has portrayed a commitment to reviewing and improving immigration policies, bringing expectations for possible changes to eligibility criteria, quotas, and application processes for highly in-demand visas.

Employment-Based Immigration

The current administration has shown an inclination toward bringing further ease to skilled workers in obtaining visas causing many people to assume changes in the processing and allocation of employment-based immigration visas.

H-1B Visa

The H-1B visa is a work visa allowing United States employers the ability to hire foreign workers with specialization in skills to work for them in the U.S. for a specific amount of time. Usually, the workers are required to have a bachelor’s degree or something equivalent to it. This visa is typically for fields such as finance, technology, engineering, architecture, and more.
U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revealed intentions to modify the H-1B selection process intended to come into effect in the month of March 2024. As of now, the H-1B selection process consists of a lottery system with a yearly cap of 85,000 with 20,000 of the applications being reserved for advanced degree holders from U.S universities.

Processing times for Visas

Improvements to Efficiency
USCIS is expected to bring improvements towards the processing times of visas with the use of technology and further refining application procedures leaving us with a highly responsive and efficient immigration system.

Addressing Backlogs

Visa application backlogs have been a consistent issue unresolved by USCIS this year. The administration is soon expected to bring forward measures to quicken the processing of pending applications and attempt to resolve the backlogs

United States Immigration Policy

Family Reunification

The current administration has conveyed a desire for the reunification of families. Policy changes towards family-sponsored visas are expected such as reducing the wait times for people looking to reunite with family in the United States.

Comprehensive Immigration Reforms

There are many ongoing discussions on the topic of comprehensive immigration reforms, bringing forward speculations on initiatives being introduced to address issues such as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and pathways to citizenship.

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