- The pandemic has led to a rise in the backlog of work visas in the US
- There’s a higher demand for workers in the country but the amount of green cards offered is limited
- Research suggests over 900,000 work visa applications were filed in 2020
The coronavirus has led to the creation of a backlog of work visa applications in the United States. The American Immigration Council accepts that the immigrant labour force plays a vital part in various state economies.
The state of Nevada has a high immigrant labour force. One in every four labour in Nevada is from a different country. If an immigrant wishes to work in the US, they have to apply for an employment-based visa, also known as a ‘green card.’
The need to change the Immigration Laws
The country’s annual limit for employment-based immigrants has been 140,000 since the 1990s, but now the US is in desperate need of a change of immigration laws. When the pandemic hit the several migrant employees flew back to their home countries, college students also had to leave the country amid the lockdowns.
Now as the vaccines have been deployed, the world seeks revival, the need for immigrants has increased drastically. The country is in urgent need of medical professionals, essential services workers, and labours. Many experts expect the demand for a stable workforce to increase in the future. As the coronavirus pandemic has finally seen a slowdown the businesses, construction activities, and more are set to be reopened in many states across the US.
The surge in work visa applications in 2020
In the past year, numerous applications to work in the US were made. According to the congressional research service, in 2020 the work visa backlog for all 3 types of visas stood at over 900,000. At this rate, within 10 years more than 2 million people will be waiting in line to work in the United States.