Analysis

Processing Delays Reveal USCIS Stretched To Its Limits

Law360 (March 13, 2019, 9:13 PM EDT) -- Wait times for numerous petitions before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have continued to climb this fiscal year, reflecting what attorneys describe as an agency that has spread its resources too thinly to keep up with the Trump administration’s demand for increased vetting of foreign nationals.

Recently published USCIS data shows that wait times for adjudications of applications to adjust status or register permanent residence for noncitizens with employment-based visas continued to grow this fiscal year to 12.2 months on average, compared to 11 months the previous year and 8.1 months in fiscal year 2017. Moreover, nonimmigrant worker petitions that were...

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