Why Hasn’t Your Case Been Decided Yet?
Nationwide, you and millions of families, businesses, and individuals applying for immigration benefits are waiting longer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (“USCIS”) to process and approve applications and petitions.
Based on previously available USCIS data, in Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2014, an average case took about five months to process. In FY2020, an average case took more than nine months. Those extra months of waiting halt business operations, keep families separated, and jeopardize lives.
Who Is Affected?
Anyone who files applications or petitions with USCIS is affected. You and other people applying for family-
based benefits, employment-based benefits, naturalization, travel documents, and employment authorization are
all experiencing delays. Between FY2017 and FY2019, USCIS’s processing times for all petitions and application form types rose more than 37%.
The dramatic increase in processing times occurred even though USCIS experienced a ten percent drop in cases received from the end of FY2017 to FY2019. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS processing times have continued to rise from FY2019-FY20212.
Processing times for common form types illustrate just how dire the situation is: