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Long waits may lead to a revamp of immigration system in U.S.

The current system of processing visas may be undergoing significant changes which could have an impact on those immigrants currently waiting to have their requests examined.
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    January 30, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Long waits may lead to a revamp of immigration system in U.S.

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Hundreds of thousands of people submit applications for immigrant visas so that they may reside and work in the United States. The number of applicants outnumbers the number of immigrant visas available; therefore, it can take many years for a person to get to the front of the line. For those individuals trying to get family members into the country, this can be a very trying time as they wait for a reunion that may take a decade (or longer) to happen.

Lawmakers throughout the country realize that changes must be made to the current system in place. They are considering several reforms that would have a major impact upon individuals who have submitted family-based immigration requests, as well as those who are looking to come to the U.S. for work reasons.

In the current system, both employment and family visas are subject to quotas. In the employment context, the U.S. government processes the applications based on need for the particular worker. Those with specialized skills may be eligible for visas that have less of a wait time. This will allow them to enter into the country more quickly than those who do not possess those specialized skills.

The applicant's home country of origin could be a factor that impacts the wait time for a visa. Individuals from countries such as Mexico, India, and the Philippines have longer wait times than other countries.

If you are considering filing an application for a family- or employment-based visa, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney in your area to assist you with your filing. An attorney can examine the particular facts of your situation and find the right visa for you. This is extremely important, as any mistakes could result in delays in the applications being processed. You do not want to have to wait even longer or have your application rejected, so you need to be sure that you have complied with all of the requirements that are in place.

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