Analyzing agency data from fiscal years (FY) 2014 through 2018, AILA found:
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- The overall average case processing time increased by 46 percent over the past two fiscal years and 91 percent since FY 2014.
- USCIS processed 94 percent of its form types — from green cards for family members to visas for human trafficking victims to petitions for immigrant workers — more slowly in FY 2018 than in FY 2014.
- Case processing times increased substantially in FY 2018 even as case receipt volume appeared to markedly decrease.
Other data examined by AILA shows a USCIS “net backlog” exceeding 2.3 million delayed cases at the end of FY 2017. This total amounts to more than a 100 percent increase over a one-year span despite just a four percent rise in case receipts during that same period.
You read more about AILA findings and USCIS processing delays in AILA's policy brief (available by clicking HERE).
In light of these delays, it is more important than ever to ensure that all applications are complete, accurate and well documented. This would avoid additional processing delays and costs after the application is filed.