Immigrants Increasingly Sucked Into Bureaucratic ‘Black Hole’

Andrew Kreighbaum
Date of Publication: 
September, 2022
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A growing number of immigrant workers already beset by government backlogs now face an additional hurdle—their applications at US consulates and embassies are being put on hold pending further review from the State Department.

Those additional reviews, known as administrative processing, often come with no explanation for what the issues are with the applications, how applicants can address them, and no timetable for a resolution, immigration attorneys say.

Immigrants already wait weeks or months for an appointment to get a passport stamp to travel to the US, which is supposed to be the last step after receiving visa approval from the Homeland Security Department. But the once-perfunctory process has become a nightmare for many.

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Kreighbaum, A. (2022, September). Immigrants Increasingly Sucked Into Bureaucratic ‘Black Hole’. Bloomberg Law.