I applaud Mr. Khanna for his clearly articulated proposals to reduce backlogs and improve customer service as a prerequisite to any immigration reform. I am in overwhelming agreement with all except one - the proposal to grant conditional approval of the green card after 180 days, valid for 5 years and subject to revocation only on security grounds. I'm not sure that one will fly, because by the 180 day point, no adjudicator will likely have examined the case for other admissibility/eligibility issues. Furthermore, I should think that the validity of the conditional stamp would be tied to the longest I-485 processing time in a Service Center. It seems that 5 years exceeds even the lengthiest processing time, which I believe is Texas at about 2.75 - 3 years. I'm not sure there is any tangible benefit to a conditional PR grant. Instead, I would propose that I-765's and I-131's be accorded a validity period of 3 years. This would significantly reduce the backlog of renewals of those applications, and bring peace of mind to all pending I-485 applicants who could then work and travel freely throughout the pendency of the process. This would also reduce the backlog of H1B extensions that are being filed mainly in response to the I-131 debacle.
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