Travel restrictions in New Jersey continue as state begins work on travel tattoos

NEW JERSEY — Travel restrictions continue to be in place in New York City and other cities across the state as officials work to close a major backlog of applications for new visas and permits to travel to the United States, including in New Mexico, Texas and California.

The Department of Homeland Security has announced plans to begin issuing visas to foreign nationals and their spouses and minor children to be eligible for the temporary green cards and temporary residence permits that were granted to nearly 11 million people.

In the first seven months of this year, it approved more than 2.3 million visas, according to a government data summary.

Those who had previously applied for green cards would be eligible to apply for the same permits, but they will not be allowed to leave the country without a visa.

The new visas will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis to all applicants, and the visas will expire after 90 days.

It will take several weeks for the process to be completed.

As of Monday, the number of applications received by the department had exceeded 7 million, which is about a third of the total number of visas that were issued in 2015, the State Department said in a statement.

The department is continuing to process applications for visas, and those applicants who were previously denied visas will not need to apply again for them.

In California, more than 1.6 million people applied for temporary visas to come to the state, the department said.

Those applications had been delayed and were now ready to be issued.

The department said in the statement that those visas were issued by state agencies.

The New York and California departments of state said Monday that applications were still being processed for the remaining visa categories, but it was expected that applications would increase in the coming weeks.

The Trump administration announced the start of the green card and temporary resident visa program last month, which it said would open more visas to people who were granted green cards but are still in the country illegally.

In New York, about 1,000 people had been waiting more than two months for a green card, and some applicants had been turned away, officials said.

Some applicants who had been rejected by the previous administration in 2015 or 2016 were still waiting for a final decision on whether to apply.

In Texas, about 600 people had applications waiting for months and others had applications pending for more than a year, the state said.