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Pandemic Disrupting U.S. Immigration Process At Every Level


There are thousands of doctors from India and elsewhere who are working in the US on temporary visas like Nagarajan if they want to change jobs while they're here they have to apply to transferred their pieces but last week the agency in charge of legal immigration US citizenship and immigration services closed its offices to the public and cut back on services that means much longer processing times for work visas and that's just one concern we're hearing now from teaching hospitals that we represent that are in panic mode Greg Siskind is an immigration lawyer in Tennessee he's talking about a huge problem looming this summer when four thousand international doctors are supposed to begin their residencies at US hospitals but work at U. S. embassies abroad has slowed so those doctors may not get their visas in time we're dealing with those kinds of issues day in day out okay how you actually continue on when necessary functions in the immigration system are not happening coronavirus is disrupting the immigration system at nearly every level green card and citizenship interviews are also suspended and it's not just legal immigrants who are affected immigrants in the country illegally are afraid of being deported if they come forward to get tested and treated for coronavirus president trump was asked about that earlier this week Farfan documented persons welcome at testing sites and can they show up and be tested without fear yes thanks for calling and if that's not the policy of making the policy but his administration has been sending mixed signals immigration and customs enforcement said it is suspending most arrests and focusing only on criminals then an administration official emphasized that deportations would continue advocates say immigrants don't know what to believe Doug rand is a former Obama administration official who now runs an immigration law firm you can imagine the confusion and terror that's rippling through the inner community at this point and some legal immigrants fear they could become targets if their visas expire while immigration offices are closed Rana cow he is an immigrant from Lebanon whose teaching at a school in Memphis she was supposed to get married this week to her boyfriend a U. S. citizen we had to cancel the wedding we don't want to put anyone's life at risk but at the same time I'm faced with this reality that when I got to do the cow is visa expires at the end of the school year so she planned to apply for a green card but to get it a cow he still has to get married now she's scrambling to find someone who can

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