10 June 2009
American visa application process for families to be fast-tracked
The American immigration department is looking for ways to fast-track American visa application processes in the family category, so that immigrants can be reunited with their families faster.
According to AFP, the American visa application process for the family category has been suffering a major backlog for many years, causing American immigrants to live away from their families for extended periods of time.
Mike Honda, who has been championing the cause for families of immigrants, said that the American visa application process needs to be sorted out for the sake of the wellbeing of American immigrants and so that the American economy can fully benefit from their being contributors to society.
"The benefits cannot be overstated," Honda said. "American workers with families by their side are happier, healthier and more able to succeed than those distanced from loved ones for years on end."
The legislation will make family immigration to America a top priority, would increase the number of American visas, and would allow American visa holders to bring with their same-sex partners.
In related news, President Barack Obama is expected to release details of American immigration reform within the next few weeks, which will respond to lobbying from immigration groups to legalise the millions of illegal immigrants for working rights.
The government has also recently pledged a faster American visa application process for scientists and researchers looking to study, research or attend conferences in America. David Donahue has said the American visa application process would be as little as two weeks now, and that it was important for America to remain open to foreign research.
"We think that we're the best place to do this kind of work. We're cutting edge," Donahue told AFP. "We want people to feel comfortable about coming here."
The American Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in American visa and immigration services.