(NEWS) Huge Trump era and pandemic immigrant visa backlog poses challenge for Biden

Even though President Joe Biden has moved to reverse many of his predecessor’s anti-immigration policies, the consequences of those restrictive measures linger and have contributed to a massive backlog of nearly 2.6 million visa applications. The backlog includes nearly half a million applicants who are “documentarily qualified” and ready for interviews, according to a recent legal filing by the State Department. Backlogs in some immigrant-visa categories are 50 or even 100 times higher than they were four years ago, at the start of the Trump administration.

Huge Trump era and pandemic immigrant visa backlog poses challenge for Biden
Bob Ortega, CNN, April 12, 2021
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