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EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) —  An analysis from the American Immigration Lawyers Association says U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is processing cases so slowly that the backlog is at a “crisis level.”

From green cards to visas, the analysis says USCIS is processing cases significantly slower than previous years.

The analysis says in fiscal year 2014, the average case took just under five months to process and in fiscal 2018, the average case took about nine and a half months to process. That’s a 91 percent increase in case processing time in four years.

The analysis says USCIS is processing 94 percent of forms more slowly, but not because of an increase in cases.

The report says the overall number of cases declined by 17 percent in the third quarter of FY 2018, compared to the same period in the previous year.

The analysis says in April 2018, the most recent information available, the Department of Homeland Security’s report to Congress showed a backlog of 2.3 million cases and that the DHS suggested that’s the highest on record.

The lawyers association concluded the report with suggestions to address the backlog and speed up processing times.

They list strengthening congressional oversight to hold the agency accountable, as well as asking USCIS to be more transparent.

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Sounds about right, with a 2.3 million backlog I don't believe they will be recovering from that. It's going to get way worse before it gets better. Even with 2.3 million petitions, it only makes up about 7.3% of the US population roughly, so not enough voice to be heard. Wish more people would, but I just don't see it. I just sent My wife's AOS packet, and it arrived today in Chicago, And I will try to expedite her EAD/AP, but I am not too hopeful. I could care less about the green card, better she can start work and travel. You would think they would process EAD cards fast, the sooner the people work, the sooner they can start getting the Tax revenue from them, but then again USCIS is funded by fees, so they really have no incentive.

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26 minutes ago, Loren Y said:

USCIS is funded by fees, so they really have no incentive.

One would think if they are funded by fees, they could expand and hire more people?


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One would also think they would be aware that everytime they change the system,  they add to their workload

in  2017 they added the ds5535 given out to  after interview and cases are returned to the US for a year of investigation by Homeland Security

i have no issues with additional security checks as i want to feel safe but if high fraud countries need this,  announce it in USCIS homepage and have it done at the application stage /make it known to applicant that is will take an extra year at the 1st  part of the process.  perhaps it would cut down on high fraud applications

and make a fee for this security check as it costs us money anytime Homeland Security investigates


and yes as millefleur says,  hire more but please train them properly

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Thread is moved from the USCIS Service Centers forum to the US Immigration News forum, to be among similar-themed threads.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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