Bloomberg Law
Sept. 16, 2022, 5:43 PM

Green Card Hopefuls Want End to Policy Creating ‘Legal Limbo’

Andrew Kreighbaum
Andrew Kreighbaum

Indian green card seekers are asking a court to block a federal policy that they argue places their decade-old applications in an indefinite legal limbo.

The policy from US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the State Department—known as “visa retrogression"—pushes back the cutoff date for applicants to receive green cards when the number of applications exceeds available green cards in a given fiscal year. Only if visa seekers have a priority date before that cut-off date are they eligible to seek a green card.

The lawsuit, filed this week, argues that Congress required that an immigrant visa need be ...