United States authorities can now reject a visa application or a request if there any errors or any missing information is spotted, including H-1B visas without offering the applicant to correct the mistake.
The people who’ll be affected by this will be the the lawful permanent residents and immigrants who want to shift there. However, people going for short term business or work visits are not expected to be effected by this.
The new rule, which went into effect on Tuesday, has been called a “major shift” by immigration lawyers, activists and those likely to be impacted. They said the new rule could make the procedure more expensive, lengthy, and may even lead to deportation, if an applicant already in the US fall out of status during the process.
It will effect Indians more on H-1B or other immigrants who plan to have a Green Card, an estimated 9,800 Indians obtain work-related Green Cards a year.
“All applications, petitions, and requests received after the effective date will be subject to the new policy, except for DACA adjudications,” said a US official on background, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme that protects from deportation people who illegally arrived in the US when they were minors.
“This policy change is part of an ongoing effort to help faithfully execute and protect the integrity of our laws, cut down on frivolous applications, reduce waste, and help ensure legitimate, law abiding petitioners seeking greater safety, security and prosperity aren’t undermined by those able to game our system,” said Michael Bars, spokesperson for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).