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Boundless Immigration News Weekly Recap Archive: March 15, 2024

Mar 15, 2024

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Refugees to Receive Work Permits in Just 30 Days Under New USCIS Process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new streamlined work authorization process for refugees in the U.S. Refugees will now have to wait only 30 days to receive their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) after being admitted to the country.

Under the new system, as soon as a refugee enters the U.S., USCIS will digitally generate Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) for them. All eligible refugees admitted into the country on or after December 10, 2023, will receive their EADs and Social Security cards based on this new process.

Biden Addresses Immigration Challenges in State of the Union

In his 2024 State of the Union address, President Biden urged Republican lawmakers to stop stonewalling immigration reform and called on the entire government to make meaningful progress on the border. “We can fight about fixing the border, or we can fix it,” Biden said during his address.

Biden also proposed new border security measures, including hiring 1,500 additional border security agents, 100 more judges, and 4,300 asylum officers to address high numbers of migrant crossings.

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Indians Now Third-Largest Group of Undocumented Immigrants in U.S.

Indian citizens now make up the third-largest group of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center’s latest estimates.

India is the only country in the top five outside Latin America. Since 2011, the population of undocumented Indians in the US has surged by 70%, marking the most rapid growth among all nationalities. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) figures show that the number of undocumented Indian immigrants increased the most between 2020 and 2023.

H-1B Lottery Registrations Expected to Drop By 50%

The FY 2025 H-1B lottery registration is open from March 6 to March 22 this year, with a new “beneficiary-centric” process aimed at reducing fraud.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimates that about 350,000 unique individuals will register in this year’s lottery — less than half of the registrations the agency got last year. In 2023, USCIS received 758,994 registrations with 408,891 duplicates.

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