The Departments of State and Homeland Security published an interesting short public notice this week in the Federal Register. You may recall that the President noted in his November 20th announcements that he was planning on pursuing initiatives to modernize the legal immigration system. Now the Obama Administration is taking the first step in moving that forward with a call for public input in the development of recommendations. I’m planning on submitting my own list of ideas. Readers with good suggestions for items for me to include are welcome to post in the comments. Here are the areas where views are being sought –
1. Streamlining and improve immigrant visa processing at US consulates.
2. Streamlining and improve non-immigrant visa processing at US consulates.
3. Improving USCIS processing of the following types of applications:
- family-sponsored green cards
- employment-based green cards
- non-immigrant petitions
- humanitarian petitions and applications (U, T and VAWA applications)
- H-1B petitions
4. Improving the process for changing non-immigrant status.
5. Improving the process for adjusting status to permanent residency.
6. Improving the process of inspecting immigrants and non-immigrants at US ports of entry.
7. Implementing policy changes to attract the world’s most talented researchers to US universities, national laboratories and other research institutions.
8. Implementing policy changes to attract the world’s most talented entrepreneurs who want to start businesses in the US.
9. Policies that could assist in creating additional immigration opportunities for high-demand professions such as physicians.
10. Ways to improve the EB-5 immigrant investor program.
11. How to improve labor market requirements for temporary workers to protect both US and temporary foreign workers and also achieve efficiency for employers and government agencies.
12. Improving the occupational data that is used to determine prevailing wages for various visa programs.
13. How to improve the diversity visa program including stopping fraud.
14. Any other changes to combat waste, fraud and abuse in the legal immigration system.
15. Ways to ensure that non-immigrant visa numbers are fully and fairly allocated.
16. Ways to ensure that immigrant visa numbers are fully and fairly allocated.
17. Which elements of the current legal immigration system are most in need of modernized IT solutions?
18. Which government-collected data and metrics would be must valuable to make available to the public in order to improve oversight and understanding of the legal immigration system?