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Jayapal Statement on Pilot Program to Address Backlogs for Indians Seeking Visas

WASHINGTON – Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement Subcommittee Ranking Member Pramila Jayapal issued the following statement in reaction to the Biden Administration announcement that they will be establishing a new pilot program to make it easier for Indians to live and work in the United States: 

“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.  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. 

“There is much more that 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.”