The United States announced an initiative aimed at tightening the issuance of visas and residence permits (green cards) to legal migrants already living in the country. This is stated in the document published by the Ministry of Internal Security, reports Politico.
The agency submitted a 447-page document that involves refusal to applicants who previously enjoyed social support, including medical services under the Medicaid program, food coupons or social housing.
In some cases, applicants will require to show $ 10,000 as collateral when reviewing an application. With such measures, the authorities want a guarantee that the applicant will be able to provide support for himself.
According to the authorities, the innovation will affect 382 thousand people a year.
The initiative will have to be discussed publicly, which may take about a year.
A green card is an identity card that confirms the existence of a residence permit of a person who is not a US citizen and gives the opportunity to work. A green card is issued after a sufficiently long and expensive process of collecting documents and submitting the necessary applications.