More Skilled Immigrant Workers Have a Chance to Become Permanent Residents
July 23, 2007
On July 17th the U.S. Department of State reversed an earlier decision to allow skilled workers, many here on temporary work visas, a chance to become permanent residents through employer sponsorship.
On June 13th the U.S. Department of State announced that skilled workers legally in the United States on temporary work visas would be given a short window of time to have their employers sponsor them for permanent residence. According to the announcement, starting July 2nd employers would be able to file for the immigrant employee’s permanent residence. However, on that day, the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security stated that the planned 60,000 visa numbers would be no longer available, because of the Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to reduce backlogs during June and a few days in July, an AILA document explained.
Last week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it would accept new fillings for employment-based permanent residence until August 17th, 2007 and that applications previously filed, which were going to be rejected, would also be accepted. The announcement took place after workers, employers, members of AILA, and members of Congress such as California Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren and Democratic Senator from New York Charles Schumer raised their voices to complain about the July 2nd announcement.