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USCIS Case Processing Delays and Their Impacts on Constituents:Individuals, Families, and U.S. Businesses

  • 2237 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Thursday, April 4, 2019
11:00AM to 12:00PM
Rayburn 2237

The American Immigration Lawyers Association
Invites You to Attend a Briefing On:

USCIS Case Processing Delays and Their Impacts on Constituents:
Individuals, Families, and U.S. Businesses

Although Congress intended USCIS to function as an efficient and service-oriented immigration benefits agency, USCIS delays in processing immigration applications and petitions have now reached crisis levels. From the end of FY 2016 to the end of FY 2018, the overall average case processing time increased by 46 percent. USCIS's "net backlog" of delayed cases, moreover, eclipsed 2.3 million at the end of FY 2017--more than a 100 percent increase in the span of only one year. These delays are harming families, vulnerable populations, and U.S. businesses throughout the country that depend on timely adjudications.

This briefing will draw upon the insights of experts in business immigration, humanitarian protection, and naturalization to provide a comprehensive analysis of current USCIS processing delays and their critical repercussions. In particular, the briefing will examine:

  • The breadth and depth of current processing delays;

  • The consequences of these delays for American businesses, individuals and families seeking asylum and other humanitarian protection, and prospective U.S. citizens;

  • USCIS policies and practices contributing to delays; and

  • Vital policy steps for addressing delays. 

Panelists:

  • Stuart Anderson, Executive Director, National Foundation for American Policy

  • Archi Pyati, Chief of Policy, Tahirih Justice Center

  • Susan Collins, Director of Policy and Advocacy, National Partnership for New Americans

  • Moderator - Jason Boyd, Policy Counsel, American Immigration Lawyers Association

This briefing is open to the public. Please RSVP here.