Bloomberg Law
Sept. 8, 2022, 8:28 PM

US on Track to Issue All Available Employment-Based Green Cards

Andrew Kreighbaum
Andrew Kreighbaum

US Citizenship and Immigration Services expects to issue all available employment-based green cards from a record surplus this fiscal year after thousands went unused in FY 2021.

The agency faced a Sept. 30 end-of-fiscal-year deadline to issue 280,000 employment-based visas, twice the number available in a typical year. Securing a green card offers long-term certainty to workers on temporary visas like H-1Bs and removes barriers to changing jobs and employers.

A surplus of employment-based green cards became available the past two years thanks to large numbers of family-based visas that went unused because of limited services at US consular posts ...

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