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Official Document Shows De-Prioritization of family-based immigration petitions by USCIS (Responses to Questions in 1/22/15 Letter from Senators)

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Holy !@#$, this puts it in writing!

Direct link to document: http://cis.org/sites/cis.org/files/Enclosure_Responses.pdf

Summary from news article: http://cis.org/vaughan/uscis-favors-illegal-alien-applicants-over-americans-and-legal-immigrants

"Whenever USCIS receives a sudden increase in workload, a detailed analysis of the services requested is performed. Considering the need to provide special emphasis to certain form types, USCIS is able to make initial risk-based resource allocation decisions so that all USCIS customers are given the attention and service they deserve. (Emphasis added.)"
Apparently some USCIS "customers" are more deserving than others. According to a chart provided, the following types of applicants are considered deserving of "special emphasis" during the DACA adjudication period:
  • Employers asking for temporary workers (with or without paying the premium processing fee);
  • Applicants for advance parole (a travel document only needed by illegal aliens with temporary status***);
  • Refugees needing a travel document;
  • Employers sponsoring immigrant workers;
  • U.S. parents adopting children from overseas;
  • Applicants for work permits (DACA applicants, other illegal aliens, and temporary visitors)
  • Military naturalization applicants
All other types of applications were considered not deserving of special emphasis. These applications had to wait longer for processing, even though the fees were the same as ever (actually higher, since they were just raised in 2010). They included all family-based immigrant petitions and applications, refugee and asylee green cards, relatives of refugees and asylees, applicants for temporary protected status, victims of human trafficking, crime victims, immigrants seeking to naturalize, and anyone needing a replacement document.

*** This is not true, but whatever..

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PDF page 7.

I-130 for Immediate Relative -- 2012 DACA was not a priority------ 2014 it was to be -- good news there.

I-129F for Fiance - not a priority in 2012 and nor in 2014... some many of this board who are headed for K-1 may be disappointed if DACA/DAPA proceeds.

I-485 Family .. in 2012 was not priority during DACA..... in 2014.. seems it was meant to be..

Still I listened to the full 3+ hours of the Senate Judiciary Subcomittee testimony that day and I thought they squirmed around it. This written document seems to have some deviations versus what was actually said,

so perhaps they have written prepared remarks and then ad libbed some changes in their testimony.

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