Increasing USCIS Processing Delays

Hello, this is Anna from IMS.

Recently, when reading the the blog posts on Think Immigration, a website with various articles written by members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), I came across a post that was both interesting and relevant.


The article, written by a member of AILA’s Policy Counsel, is based on a policy briefing that analyzed recent U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data.

The findings reveal that under the current administration, processing times have been significantly increasing in comparison to previous years. However, the findings do not show the same increase in applications; in fact, the total number of applications fell around 13% from 2017 to 2018. The article suggests that the decreasing efficiency of the processing system is due to poor policy implementation under the current administration.

As these delays continue to remain unaddressed by USCIS itself, the strain on individuals, families, and employers who need these applications processed for their safety or well-being grows.

This data and its analysis by AILA illuminates an urgent and systematic problem in recent immigration processing protocol. Since so many are reliant upon USCIS services, this news regarding processing times comes as great source of disappointment and worry. Furthermore, AILA has also highlighted that USCIS seems to be more focused on immigration enforcement than administering immigration benefits, which leads to continued concern.





Note: A majority of this information was taken and summarized from articles and policy briefs provided by AILA (