(NEWS) Consulates Deny 61% of Employer-Sponsored Immigrant Visas

U.S. consulates deny a large majority (61 percent) of employer‐​sponsored immigrant visas for prospective legal permanent residents because it claims to have found a problem with their job offers. The denials reverse labor certifications and petitions approved by the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) and contrast with rare denials by DHS (4 percent) for workers applying for green cards while already inside the United States. Although this astounding denial rate has existed for decades, the State Department has never publicly explained it, and no one has previously reported on it.

David Bier, Cato Institiute, June 1, 2022
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