A new analysis indicates that under President Trump’s administration, the granting of family visas through the U.S. immigration system has decreased to its lowest point in more than a decade.
The analysis, conducted by Reuters, gives a breakdown of statistics between immigrant families and their applications for visa programs. The Hill cites the analysis in the following report:
“Approval of family-based visas for immigrants fell to its lowest level in more than a decade, highlighting an effort by the Trump administration to curb legal immigration to the U.S.
According to a Reuters analysis of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data, approvals of the family-based I-130 visas decreased by nearly a quarter in the first nine months of 2017 — a drop of more than 100,000 from the same period in 2016.
Both periods saw a similar number of I-130 applications, according to Reuters.
The decrease was even sharper for I-130 applicants who do not have immediate family in the U.S. or approved to come to the U.S., Reuters reported. Those approvals saw a drop of 70 percent, falling to 32,500 in the first nine months of 2017 from more than 108,000 in the same period a year earlier.
The number of fiancés of immigrants approved for visas also fell by 35 percent in the first nine months of 2017, according to Reuters.”