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I just thought it would be neat to share a response from USCIS Director Cisna when questioned by members of congress asking how USCIS will improve its backlog

It does not only include I 751 information, but more focusing on all petition cases in general. 



Some key take aways: 

1) I 751 Completion per hours has been improved: It used to be 0.87 cases per hour completion back in 2014, but it was decreased to 0.53 cases per hour in 2018, meaning that in one hour, USCIS now complete 2 cases (roughly) 

Again, Statistics can be tricky, because it does not give any clue of how many USCIS officers are assigned to I 751. 

For instance back in 2014 if there are 100 USCIS officers assigned to I 751, then per hour they can adjudicate 87 cases, but if only 10 USCIS officers are assigned for I 751, then only 5.3 cases can be adjudicated per hour, even though their metrics indicates the efficiency has been improved. 

So again, without knowing how many USCIS officers are assigned to each petition case, it is nothing more than misrepresented information and misleading conclusion. 


Generally, it is a good sign that efficiency is improved, but reviewing USCIS performances for I 751, which has been dramatically backlogged, it is likely that USCIS pulls I751 officers to other types of immigration benefits. 

It is not technically false testimony, but big misrepresentation to Members of Congress since USCIS does not reveal how many officers are assigned for each cases and workload. (And it is funny that USCIS may reject misrepresented petition, they do give misrepresented information to Members of Congress, the owner of this country, or people of the United States. 

\And the fact that USCIS introduces this kind of fuzzy metrics as a proof of evidence to proudly say they are doing their best often means that they have a lot to hide for unforeseen circumstances. 


2) USCIS admits it increased the staffing availability and introduces new performances metrics, but still does not give specific numbers or equation formula so that members of congress (and ultimately people of the United States) can evaluate the performances of agency called USCIS. 


3) Some good news is that USCIS has its own forecasting metrics to evaluate the incoming petition types and pre-relocate its resources to expected surges petition types. For instances, N400 is expected to surge for election year, and USCIS will allocate more available staffs to adjudicating N400 starting earlier that election year. 

But again, there is no specific details that we can evaluate how this will work, so it is basically like someone saying "I am committed to working 10 hours every day", but does not disclose what he/she does exactly, so it is hard to evaluate how efficient he/she is. 


4) There are some other issues that USCIS shares its view such as budget relocation to ICE and how in-person interview has been impacted for increased backlog as well as the clear definition of "Extreme Vetting", but it is not I 751 filers' topics, but just thought if someone is interested in, it would be good to see how USCIS views on it. 


Hope anyone finds this helpful. 



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On 5/11/2019 at 9:15 AM, JoJoJoJo said:

From 0.87 cases per hour to 0.53 cases per hour is NOT an improvement. in 2014, USCIS could finish almost ONE case in ONE hour, now it roughly needs TWO hours to finish ONE case.

Indeed it has gotten worse every year.  The I-751 case completion rate per hour is as follows:

  • 2014: 0.8
  • 2015: 0.72
  • 2016: 0.71
  • 2017: 0.55
  • 2018: 0.57

The most recent numbers are that it is now 29% slower than 2014.  N400's, I-130's, and I-485's have slowed, but not as dramatically as ROC.  


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