(OPINION) Reducing Visa Waste: Model Legislation to Promote High-Skilled Immigration

Executive Summary

  • Administrative errors by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the State Department lead thousands of immigrant visas to go unused each year. This was especially problematic during the Covid-19 pandemic, when more than 100,000 visas were lost because of administrative errors.
  • Small changes in the formula for visa spillovers from year to year can reduce visa waste and favor highly skilled immigrants by allocating more employment-based visas and fewer family-based visas…

Daniel Di Martino, Manhattan Institute, November 16, 2023
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