USCIS Immigration Delays
April 16, 2019
Thousands of immigrants leave their home countries every year in the hopes of finding a better life in the United States for themselves and their families. The immigration process is already long and complex, but in recent years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been making the process even longer for immigrants trying to get into the country. USCIS is responsible for processing immigration applications. The process of naturalization requires an immigrant to fill out and submit many forms, and can be quite overwhelming. There is also a brief oral test on U.S. history and government that immigrants must pass.
What is Causing Immigration Delays?
A new required in-person interview for employment-based green card applications was implemented during the first two years of the Trump Administration. Additionally, his travel ban and executive order banning refugees from certain countries also contributed to immigration delays. The decision to implement the in-person interview has made it so that immigrants must wait longer than previous years.
High application rates and the lack of staffing and other resources within USCIS have also contributed to immigration delays. Immigrants applying for green cards, green card renewals, naturalization, and those applying to have family members brought to the U.S. have all experienced delays. There are also stricter requirements for student visas.
Increase in Immigration Wait Times
Since 2014, immigration processing times have gradually increased. Research shows that within the past two fiscal years, processing times for those seeking citizenship status increased by 27 percent. In 2018 alone, it took USCIS almost 10 months to process an immigration case, which is almost two months longer than the year before. Delays in immigrant application processing can have serious consequences. Longer wait times result in individuals not being able to provide for their families, and refugees seeking asylum face the possibility of persecution or violence from those in their home countries.
USCIS has come up with some improvements to speed up immigration processing times by hiring more staff and expanding its facilities. These improvements have resulted in certain cases being completed within the standard time frame.
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If you or a loved one are victims of immigration delays, know that you are not alone. Immigration issues affect dozens of families who may think they have no options, but that is not the case. The Philadelphia immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of MC Law Group, LLC can help you through the immigration process step-by-step. For a free consultation, contact us online or by phone at 215-496-0690. Our offices are in Philadelphia, and we proudly represent clients throughout the tri-state area, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.