NEW YORK — The United States has officially opened its doors to applications for an undocumented immigrant visa.
The application process was completed Monday.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement that applicants must complete an online questionnaire and submit it by April 20.
An application will be considered once it is received and reviewed.
If you’re not sure if you’re eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, ICE recommends you contact a U.S.-based immigration attorney.
You may be eligible for the immigrant visa if you have worked, have recently arrived, or are seeking work-related temporary relief.
It’s also available to people who have been in the country for five years or more.
In 2016, U.K. officials opened the application process for an additional immigrant visa for nationals of Eritrea, Syria, and Sudan.
The U.N. estimates that about 5 million people from those countries were granted asylum in the U.L.G.I.O.
A spokesman for the agency said Monday that applications are expected to be processed by the end of the week.
In 2018, the State Department said applications for the first-time immigrant visa would be processed this year.
The United States already has the highest percentage of people eligible for an illegal immigrant visa in the world at 20.7 percent, according to a 2017 report from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan group based in Washington.
In the U, the rate is 16.9 percent.