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White House Report Offers Ideas for Streamlining, Improving Immigration System

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on September 10, 2015

The White House, in concert with the Secretary of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has issued a report that proposes ways improve the legal immigration process.

The report, Modernizing & Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century, examines ways to:

  • Improve immigration services and the immigration experience for visa and citizenship applicants
  • Combat immigration abuse and fraud
  • Modernize the technology used to process visas
  • Help ensure that visa quotes are consistent with demand

The White House, U.S. Department of State, DHS and other federal agencies examined the existing immigration system and reviewed ways that the system could be modernized and streamlined. More than 1,650 organizations and individuals also provided made comments and suggestions.

Recommendations for Improving the U.S. Immigration System & Experience

The group’s recommendations fell into three categories.

First, the technology must be modernized in an effort to improve efficiency and accessibility. Today, many of the documentation submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is paper-based. The White House recommends creating a digital platform that would offer a better user experience for applicants and allow USCIS and other agencies to process applications more efficiently. Application instructions would also be rewritten in plain English.

The second set of recommendations focuses on streamlining the legal immigration system. This would include faster processing of international arrivals at borders and immigration checkpoints, as well as improving how employment-based visa numbers are issued. The White House also suggests implementing a “known employer program” that would allow certain employers to pre-establish that they meet the requirements to petition for employment-based visas.

Finally, the White House wants to improve the process for individuals seeking humanitarian immigration relief. Domestic abuse survivors would have a simplified system for seeking immigration relief through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Family members of Filipino veterans would have an easier time seeking parole to care for their aging relatives. Victims of crime and trafficking, as well as vulnerable populations, would also benefit under these proposals.

Contact the Chicago Immigration Law Firm of The Shapiro Law Group

In its current form, the U.S. immigration system is complex and confusing, making it difficult for the lay person to navigate. And inadvertent errors can cause significant delays — or outright denial — of visa and citizenship petitions.

If you’re an individual or business seeking immigrant or non-immigrant visas to the United States, it makes sense to hire a Chicago immigration law firm to guide you through the process. The immigration attorneys at The Shapiro Law Group have decades of experience securing U.S. visas and citizenship for our clients. Call us today at (847) 564-0712 to schedule your free consultation.