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USCIS Delays Have Hit Crisis Levels

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2019 | News

At the Ivanor Law Firm, we strive to keep our clients informed about the process and do everything we can to get your case approved. Tough times for practitioners and clients but we will always stand by your side and do everything we can to assist.

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

Five years ago an average case was taking about five months to process, by fiscal year 2018 the same applicant waited nearly 10 months. Those extra months of waiting halt business operations, keep families 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 fiscal year 2018, a staggering 94 percent of all immigration petitions and application form types took longer to process when compared to 2014.

Why Are Cases Taking Longer?

Many factors can slow down your case. New plies 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 rates are decreasing. Recent USCIS data shows that USCIS’s average processing time rose by 19 percent from 2017 to 2018, even while overall numbers of case receipts declined 13 percent during the same period.

Congress intended USCIS to function as a service-oriented agency on behalf of the American people, but the agency is failing its mission with unacceptably and increasingly slow case processing.

What Can You Do?