The United States is introducing changes to its national visa system and also easing the way for the family members of old aged Filipino veterans to come or visit the United States.
The new move is part of President Obama's intentions to streamline and modernize the whole legal immigration system, said the officials of the white house on Wednesday.
The new changes are aimed to provide increased protections and prevent any frauds in programs involving overseas investors accessing U.S visas. It also aimed at the complete overhaul of the visa application process by reducing paperwork and experience of people in the entire visa application process at U.S consulates.
The changes are based on the recommendations of white house task force created in November last year to fix the broken immigration system by President Obama.
Under the existing rules, the veteran Filipinos dating back to second world war can enlist in the American military. The family members of those citizens can come to the United States by filing the petition, but in most cases, the approval takes many years even decades as there is a cap in the annual visas allotment.
As per the new rules, certain family members involving the Filipino veterans of United States wars can come to the USA on a temporary basis.
The changes are very much welcomed by immigrant advocates, including the director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
The other change announced on Wednesday includes additional protection against any fraud to the EB-5 program that allows to apply for citizenship to the foreigners who invest a large amount of money in the United States.
It is also said that changes would be to reduce large amount of paperwork and make the language in application easily understandable to the applicants.