Severe USCIS case processing delays are causing hardship for millions of individuals, families, and American businesses throughout the country. Among other impacts, such delays prolong the separation of families, make U.S. businesses less competitive, endanger vulnerable protection seekers, and stall the full integration of aspiring citizens. Data from AILA's policy briefreveals that USCIS's overall average case processing time surged by 46 percent from FY 2016 to FY 2018 and by 91 percent from FY 2014 to FY 2018. This past fiscal year, the agency's overall backlog of delayed cases exceeded 5.69 million. The evidence, moreover, shows that USCIS's own misguided policies and practicesare core drivers of backlog growth. Altogether, this nationwide slowdown demonstrates USCIS's failure to meet Congress's mandate to efficiently administer our legal immigration system.
Increasingly, Congress has called upon USCIS to align with its statutory mandate and eliminate processing delays. For example, in February 2019, 86 House Members voiced concernto USCIS over its backlog and noted that "policy changes implemented...in 2017 and 2018 have increasingly shifted the agency away from its service-oriented mission." In May, a bipartisan group of 38 U.S. Senators noted the harmful consequences of processing delaysand called for an assessment of how the agency's policies contributed to the slowdown. The House and Senate, Republicans and Democrats, agree: USCIS should do its job and adjudicate cases on time.
The Bolour Immigration Group has seen many cases stuck in processing beyond the normal processing times which USCIS posts on their website. If your case has been stuck in processing for longer than it should be, then please contact our Office. We can discuss your options moving forward and the various ways we can fight on your behalf to get your case back on track.