What happens when you need a visa to enter the US?
How long does it take to get your green card?
The answer to all those questions is: it takes a lot longer than you think.
That’s because, like all immigration laws, electronic visa processing is complex.
For a visa, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must approve a visa application, verify the validity of the document and determine whether the visa will be issued or denied based on the information provided.
There’s also the time-consuming process of applying for an electronic visa, which requires a fingerprint reader, an electronic passport, an e-visa and then an additional form that contains a visa stamp.
And if you’re applying for a green card, you also have to submit your fingerprints and passport information to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
That’s where the problems begin.
“There are a lot of different hoops you have to jump through to get an electronic immigration visa,” says Robert McAfee, senior policy counsel at the Immigration Policy Center.
“You have to go through the TSA, and there are a few other places, and then it’s a little bit more complex,” McAfee says.
“You have a lot more paperwork to go over, and you have more questions than you do answers.
And then you have all these other things that you can do that you wouldn’t normally do.”
That process can take up to three years to complete, depending on your level of expertise, according to McAfee.
So if you want to visit family or friends in the US, the process could take a year or more.
“We don’t want to hear that there’s no backlog in the system,” McSweeney says.
In addition to the physical hoops involved in the visa process, there’s also a lot that goes into the decision of whether or not you should use an electronic form of ID to apply for an Electronic Visa.
The process can be complicated because there are multiple types of electronic IDs available to people traveling in the U, but all are linked to the same system.
“It is a matter of trust and discretion between the issuing authority and the issuing agency,” McAugson says.
That trust is also a factor in the decision to apply online.
“They are trusting us to look at it and make the decision that we feel is appropriate,” McAgween says.
McAfee notes that DHS requires the Department to approve all applications, including those for electronic forms of ID.
“I would say we’re pretty confident that DHS is making the right decision in approving electronic forms,” McAsweeney says, adding that the process is not complicated, but that DHS does have some “difficulties.”
“I’m not sure there’s a reason that there aren’t people doing it in-person,” McAnulty says.
McAugsons case illustrates the complexities involved in applying for electronic immigration visas.
McAweeney first came to the attention of DHS after applying for the Electronic Visa application for a family member.
“The next day, he emailed me, and said, ‘I just want to be sure,'” McA Sweeney says.
The next day he went to the Department and submitted the Electronic ID application.
He was approved within a week.
McSweeney and McASullivan, along with other immigration attorneys, have been working with the Trump administration on the Electronic Immigration Visa Program, which is supposed to help ease the backlog in electronic immigration.
The new program will allow those who are approved for the electronic visa to apply in person for the next two years.
The Electronic Visa program is designed to speed up the process for those seeking a greencard.
But McAughson notes that the Electronic System for Electronic Applications (ESEA) process is also complicated.
The EB-5 program is a visa for people who are “low-skilled and highly skilled,” and it requires the same vetting and approval as the Electronic visa.
EB-4 visas are also issued by the DHS and require the same kind of vetting and approvals.
The ESEA is not an electronic system, and McAfee cautions that it is not designed to expedite the processing of a visa or green card application.
McAnities experience with EB-3 visas showed that it was much more expedient to use an eVisas system.
EB4 visas, on the other hand, take much longer to process and process on a much shorter timeline than the ESEA.
McAfee and McSullivan, however, believe that the EEA process is easier than the EB-2 process, which involves a paper document, fingerprint, fingerprint scan and e-passport verification.
“That’s the kind of thing that the Trump Administration has done, and they’re working hard on this,” McMweeney says of the EESA process.
“There’s a lot going on there.”
But McAuliffe says the Electronic Validation program is still not complete, and