Rep. Jayapal expresses support for USCIS pilot program to speed-up skilled visa clearance for Indians

Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal. Photo:

In a statement issued June 22, 2023, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, expressed her support for a pilot program to end the visa backlog of high-skilled workers from India.

The Biden Administration announced it will establish a new pilot program to make it easier for Indians to live and work in the United States. Jayapal is a member of the Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement Subcommittee.

“I am pleased that the United States is creating a pilot program to allow certain high-skilled immigrants to renew their visas within the United States rather than having to go to a consulate abroad,” Jayapal said.  “This is a simple, commonsense reform that will eliminate unnecessary delays and ease uncertainty for countless families who have been in the United States and contributing as our friends and neighbors for years.”

Jayapal added that much more needs to be done to address the extensive backlogs and delays “that uniquely impact the Indian community seeking immigrant and nonimmigrant visas”

“However, in the absence of any meaningful immigration reform measures from Congress, I applaud the Administration for taking this small but long-requested step to insert some stability into the alphabet soup that is our legal immigration system,” Jayapal said.



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