USCIS announced that it will not furlough approximately 13,400 employees but at the cost of increased USCIS delays. 

This year, USCIS processing times have increased substantially, including for work authorization. This decision, by USCIS’ own admission (Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow) “comes at a severe operational cost that will increase backlogs and wait times across the board” and offers no guarantee that it will avoid future furloughs. 

USCIS announced that anticipated operational impacts include “increased wait times for pending case inquiries with the USCIS Contact Center, longer case processing times, and increased adjudication time for aliens adjusting status or naturalizing.” All of these filings have seen delays already under this administration and as a result of COVID closures.

As always, contact Poarch Thompson Law if you have questions or need clarification. 

Current through 9.1.20