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Why is Your Case Taking So Long? USCIS Processing Delays Have Now Hit Crisis Levels

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Apr 28, 2019, 9:00:00 AM

I wanted to share this post from AILA with my followers as the current immigration climate is changing and many applicants are experiencing longer than expected delays.

Why Hasn’t Your Case Been Decided Yet?

Nationwide, you and millions of families, businesses, and people applying for humanitarian relief are waiting longer for

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process and approve your applications and petitions.

Five years ago, an average case was taking about five monthsto process. By Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, that same applicant waited nearly 10 months. Those extra months of waiting halt business operations, keepfamilies separated, and jeopardize people’s lives.

Who Is Affected?

You and other people applying for family-based benefits,employment-based benefits, naturalization, travel documents, and employment authorization are all experiencing delays. In FY2018, a staggering 94 percent of all immigration petitions and application form types took longerto process when compared to FY2014

USCIS Processing Delays

USCIS Processing Delays

Why Are Cases Taking Longer?

Many factors can slow down your case. New policies at USCIS are restricting legal immigration. For example, one policy requires USCIS officers to conduct duplicate reviews of past decisions, adding unnecessary work to each case.

Such inefficient policies help explain why processing times are increasing even as USCIS application ratesare decreasing. Recent USCIS data shows that USCIS’s average processing time rose by 19 percent from FY2017 to FY2018, even while overallnumbers of case receipts declined by 13 percent during that sameperiod.

Congress intended USCIS to function as aservice-oriented agency onbehalf of the American people. But the agency is failing its missionwith unacceptably and increasingly slow case processing. 

What Can I Do?

  • Make sure your lawyer has your updated contact information
  • Talktoyourlawyeraboutyourexpectationsforprocessing your case. Your lawyer can guide you and help you plan for any
  • Learn more on AILA’s Go nowto:
    www.AILA.org/USCIS
     Hold USCIS accountable by acting NOW. www.AILA.org/TakeAction

 

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