I participated as a speaker on today’s National Foundation of American Policy conference call tied to the release of NFAP’s newest report outlining some of the best ideas for executive action. The report is a great read not just for explaining some of the better and lesser known items on the menu, but also for quantifying how many people would benefit from each. Here are some of the ideas discussed in the report –
- start counting spouses and kids as a single unit for purposes of pulling numbers from the annual employment and family-based green card quotas
- allow beneficiaries of approved I-140 petitions to get employment/travel documents
- periodically make the State Department Visa Bulletin current so adjustment applications can be filed earlier
- expanding the rule allowing optional practical training to go on for 27 months to more than just the current list of STEM professionals
- paroling in workers who don’t get selected in the H-1B cap
- streamlining the H-2A visa requirements
- loosening up the double temporary requirement of the H-2B visa
- issue guidance on issuing L-1B visas to make adjudications more predictable.
- recapture unused H-1B visas and unused green card numbers since the 1990 quotas were set
- expanding DACA to new populations including parents and siblings of DACA recipients, parents of US citizen and permanent resident children, spouses of US citizens and permanent residents and persons in the US for ten years or more
- expand parole in place to make it possible for people with pending green cards to process in the US and not face the 3/10 year reentry bars
If you want to hear Stuart Anderson from NFAP, me and immigration lawyer Margaret Stock, click here. I mainly discussed the first idea regarding counting families together rather than separately for pulling green card numbers. This idea would shave years off the waiting time for green cards for a huge number of people. My research showed that this is a defensible reading of the statute, is consistent with the legislative intent and makes sense from a policy standpoint.