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Administration does about face on green card applications

WASHINGTON (AP) - The US government did an about-face today and announced it's accepting applications for green cards filed by skilled immigrant workers.

Citizenship and Immigration Services says it will accept the applications through August 17th.

Applications already filed, which the agency planned to reject, also will be accepted.

Every month the State Department announces how many visa numbers are available, which immigrants need to get in line for green cards or visas to enter the US.

In June, the State Department said all eligible skilled workers could submit applications to become legal residents.

But July second, the agency said the 60,000 available visa numbers were no longer available because Citizenship and Immigration Services had reduced its backlog of green card applications.

The about-face resolves an immigration embarrassment that angered some members of Congress and outraged workers and employers.

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