34 Milllion New Green Cards and EAD – Executive Action on Immigration under Works?

Raghuram Sukumar USA Visa 6 Comments

Something is cooking behind the scenes with Executive actions on Immigration Reform.

New Request for Proposal posted by USCIS shows U.S. Government are preparing to order 34 Million Green Cards and Employment Authorization Document Cards ( EAD ).

“The guaranteed minimum for each ordering period is 4,000,000 cards. The estimated maximum for the entire contract is 34,000,000 cards,” as per the proposal document.

President Obama announced  that, he will take Executive actions to implement immigration reform (legal and illegal ).  Here’s the announcement he made

Summer has come and gone. But, I’m assuming due to Political nature of this Executive Action, he decided to postpone Executive Actions until Mid-Term elections on Nov 4, 2014.

People have been speculating if President will follow through his promise or it was just another political statement to get votes?

If President Obama implements Executive Action, massive number of Green Cards and EAD cards could be issued depending on proposals that will be implemented.

Ofcourse, there will be surge in applications for EAD Card and Green Card.

If EAD for H4 Visa Rule is implemented, about 100,000 H4 visa holders will be immediately eligible to apply for EAD.

When  President implemented DACA relief, about 600,000 EAD cards were issued.

Now, USCIS is requesting proposals to order 34 Million cards, then it’s  good sign that Executive actions could be under the works.

The objective of this procurement is to provide card consumables for the Document Management Division (DMD) that will be used to produce Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards. The requirement is for an estimated 4 million cards annually with the potential to buy as many as 34 million cards totalUSCIS

Here’s the sample card design from the Proposal Document

new green card usa

new ead card usa

What’s the Impact

How does this executive action on Immigration Reform impact you?

F1 Visa Students

  • Your wait time to get Green Card could be less after you get H1B Visa.
  • Increase in OPT period
  • Increase in H-1B Visa Numbers

H1B Visa

  •  Higher chance of getting H-1B visa if cap is increased
  • Decrease in wait time to get Green Card ( if EB visa recapture is implemented)
  • Maybe, apply for EAD after I-140 approval, instead of waiting for Priority Date.

H4 Visa:

  • H4 visa holders could get EAD ( work authorization ). Yay!.

We don’t know the exact details of what will be implemented, but above impact could be implemented.

Not to mention that, if this Executive Actions for Immigration reform is implemented,  there will be surge is number of students applying to U.S. universities.

Then increase in number of High Tech Workers who want to come and work in USA on H-1B Visa with the aim of getting Green Cards.

This is great news for Legal Immigration community who have followed all the legal path and and still face wait times of several years to get the Green Card.

See Also : Steps to get Green Card – Employment Based EB2 and EB3


  1. What about Ph.D students..??? Will they get Green Card While Pursuing Doctorate after they finish their Masters??

  2. H4 visa holders could get EAD ( work authorization ). Yay!.
    Why Yay, so that your wife can work or what?

    1. @Ramesh-an – Yes. not everybody’s wife is an appam, idli sambar making gulti housewife likes yours.

  3. Now Republican Party has won Senate too and they have complete control of Congress. How will it impact Immigration Reform now?

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