With immigration reform on hold for the time being, many are worried about whether they’ll be eligible to apply for a green card in the near future. The world is waiting for President Barack Obama to make a decision regarding reform after the midterm elections come to a close. And while he has yet to make any official decisions, a recent executive action hints at what his next move might be – the federal government is accepting bids for a vendor to print up to 34 million blank green cards.
On Oct. 3, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services posted a draft solicitation announcing that it will be seeking a vendor that is capable of printing about 4 million cards per year delivered over the course of five years. The government could purchase as many as 34 million cards in total, as the draft solicitation noted. These include both Permanent Resident Cards and Employment Authorization Documentation cards.
The point of this solicitation is to make potential vendors aware that the government will be accepting bids so these companies can prepare proposals. The announcement also warns that the vendor that chosen may be required to deliver a large quantity upfront to meet a surge in green card approvals.
“In addition, the Contractor shall demonstrate the capability to support potential ‘surge’ in PRC and EAD card demand for up to 9 million cards during the initial period of performance to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements,” the draft solicitation stated.
According to RT News, this call for bids could be indicative of a significant reform initiative to come. President Obama is expected to announce big changes to U.S. immigration policy in November, after the midterm elections are over. As the source pointed out, it may mean that the president is contemplating a massive overhaul of the immigration system that will mean easier access to green cards for immigrants.