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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the agency will avert an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees, scheduled to begin Aug. 30 as a result of unprecedented spending cuts and a steady increase in daily incoming revenue and receipts.

 

Source: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-averts-furlough-of-nearly-70-of-workforce

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2 minutes ago, xxlian said:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the agency will avert an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees, scheduled to begin Aug. 30 as a result of unprecedented spending cuts and a steady increase in daily incoming revenue and receipts.

 

Source: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-averts-furlough-of-nearly-70-of-workforce

This is amazing news, but I am kind of worried by the wording in their statement. So are they saying processing times are going to increase anyway? 😐

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3 minutes ago, Claire6 said:

This is amazing news, but I am kind of worried by the wording in their statement. So are they saying processing times are going to increase anyway? 😐

Just read that. So they won't furlough thousands of staff anymore by aggressively cutting costs within. Just as stated, backlogs will increase even with keeping all staff. At this point i think furloughs or not, backlog is going to increase regardless until more funding is provided.

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Just now, Pats5415 said:

Just read that. So they won't furlough thousands of staff buy aggressively cutting costs within. Just as stated, backlogs will increase even with keeping all staff. At this point i think furloughs or not, backlog is going to increase regardless. 

I got so happy when I found out they cancelled them, because I have been stressing like crazy over these furloughs. Just to read in the end that it does not even matter lmao.

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I don't get why keeping them is going to delay processing? I was trying to understand what exactly they are going to cut with costs, but didn't understand.

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2 minutes ago, Cheburashka34 said:

I don't get why keeping them is going to delay processing?

I am not sure honestly, maybe there are other factors involved that contribute to day-to-day operations for the employees? Would be nice for more transparency.

 

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05/01/2017 - Interview canceled: (waiting on other paperwork to be transferred) 
07/14/2017 - New interview scheduled for 8/28/2017 
8/28/2017 - Interview attended  Approved on spot 
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6/6/2019 - NOA1 received
6/29/2019 - Biometrics letter received
7/10/2019 - Attended biometrics
4/10/2020 - New Card is being produced
4/13/2020 - Case was Approved
4/15/2020 - Approval notice received

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38 minutes ago, Cheburashka34 said:

I don't get why keeping them is going to delay processing? I was trying to understand what exactly they are going to cut with costs, but didn't understand.

 

32 minutes ago, Pats5415 said:

I am not sure honestly, maybe there are other factors involved that contribute to day-to-day operations for the employees? Would be nice for more transparency.

The additional cost savings come through the descoping of federal contracts that assist USCIS adjudicators in processing and preparing case files as well as a myriad of other support activities.”


Sounds like they had people that prepared case briefs or similar things for them to speed up decision time and now they are having to do that themselves.

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That makes more sense. I was wondering what contracts they were referring to. Thanks!

Also, didn't the house recently pass an emergency bill on funding for USCIS? How does that play into this? If it goes into effect in September when they come back from recess then will they not do cut backs on costs?

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12 minutes ago, Cheburashka34 said:

That makes more sense. I was wondering what contracts they were referring to. Thanks!

Also, didn't the house recently pass an emergency bill on funding for USCIS? How does that play into this? If it goes into effect in September when they come back from recess then will they not do cut backs on costs?

Do you mean this one? The House did, but the Senate hasn’t passed it and the president hasn’t signed it so it will be awhile before this would kick in. Also it would only allow USCIS to charge certain premium fees, it wouldn’t be giving them extra money from the federal budget.

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Just checking, so the fiscal year for the USCIS ends September 30th. So fiscal year 2021 would begin October 2020? Is that fiscal year 2021?

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1 minute ago, millefleur said:

Just checking, so the fiscal year for the USCIS ends September 30th. So fiscal year 2021 would begin October 2020? Is that fiscal year 2021?

Fiscal Year 2021 begins on October 1st, 2020.

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Just now, gregcrs2 said:

Fiscal Year 2021 begins on October 1st, 2020.

Got it. So basically the "good news" is only going to last until the end of September, then we have to wait again and see what happens.

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21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED as of February 28th, 2019.

 

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01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office

26-Jun-2019: Case ready to be scheduled for interview 

04-Sep-2019: Interview was scheduled - letter to arrive in mail

09-Sep-2019: Interview letter arrived in the mail! ✉️

17-Oct-2019: Interview scheduled @ local USCIS  

18-Oct-2019: Interview cancelled & notice ordered*

18-Oct-2019: Case was approved! 🎉

22-Oct-2019: Card was mailed to me 📨

23-Oct-2019: Card was picked by USPS 

25-Oct-2019: 10 year GC Card received in mail 📬

 

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07-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received via mail

05-May-2020: Moved to another state, filed AR-11 online

05-May-2020: Application transferred to another USCIS field office for review ➡️

15-May-2020: AR-11 request to change address completed

16-Jul-2020: Filed non-receipt inquiry due to never getting confirmation that case was transferred to new field office

15-Oct-2020: Received generic response to non-receipt inquiry, see full response here

10-Feb-2021: Contacted senator's office for help with USCIS

12-Feb-2021: Received canned response from senator's office that case is within processing time 😡

16-Feb-2021: Contacted other senator's office for help with USCIS - still no biometrics

19-Feb-2021: Biometrics reuse notice - canned response from other senator's office 🌐

23-Feb-2021: Interview scheduled - notice to come in the mail

25-Feb-2021: Biometrics reuse notice arrives via mail

01-Mar-2021: Interview notice letter arrives via mail  ✉️ 

29-Mar-2021: Passed interview at local office! Oath Ceremony to be scheduled

13-Apr-2021: Oath Ceremony notice was mailed

04-May-2021: Oath Ceremony scheduled 🎆 Unable to attend due to illness

04-May-2021: Mailed request to reschedule Oath to local office

05-May-2021: "You did not attend your Oath Ceremony" - notice to come in the mail

06-May-2021: Oath Ceremony will be scheduled, date TBA

12-May-2021: Oath Ceremony re-scheduled for June 3rd, then de-scheduled same day 😡 

25-May-2021: New Oath Ceremony notice was mailed

16-Jun-2021: Oath Ceremony scheduled 🎆 - DONE!!

17-Jun-2021: Certificate of Naturalization issued

 

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2 minutes ago, millefleur said:

Got it. So basically the "good news" is only going to last until the end of September, then we have to wait again and see what happens.

That's what it sounds like.

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