Waiting Period For Employer-sponsored Green Cards Could Get Shortened By Paying $2,500 

As per a TOI report, the waiting period for employer-sponsored green cards has surpassed three years as of 2022. However, by paying $2,500 you might shorten the wait time by at least seven months, making it 2 years and 5 months. 

This delay might be shortened by paying a $2,500 charge to “just” 2 years and 5 months. As per TOI, David J. Bier, associate director of immigration studies, Cato Institute, said, “The government has added more than a year to the typical green card procedure since 2016, with more than a year added in 2021 and 2022 alone.” 

In lieu of the $700 usual processing cost, employers have the option of paying $2,500 to receive an answer within 15 days. In 2016, the standard processing time was lowered from 1.9 years to 1.6 years, provided that the applicant pays a premium charge of $2,500. 

As per online news sources, Bier said that in addition to waiting for a green card cap space to open up under the yearly restrictions, there are other administrative delays (which can be many years). 

Employer-sponsored immigrants go through six stages, including a prefiling stage when they must show their eligibility for a green card using documentation from both the employer and the applicant. The Department of Labour then assesses the area code, skill level and going rates. In the instance of salary determination, the wait time tripled from 76 days in 2016 to 182 days in 2022. 

According to Bier, the procedure has caused a considerable backlog in the employer-sponsored immigration system. Again, he said, “These processing backlogs are on top of the backlog of employees waiting for a cap place to open up.” 

Since other nations issue green cards in a matter of weeks or months rather than years, this may have an impact on how well America does in the global race for talent, according to Bier. 

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