Applicants are waiting longer and longer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process and approve their applications and petitions. Whether they are applying for family-based benefits, employment-based benefits, naturalization, travel documents, or employment authorization, applicants nationwide are all experiencing delays. According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), an average applicant five years ago would wait about five months for their case to process. By 2018, that same applicant waited nearly 10 months to receive a decision. From 2017 to 2018, processing delays at USCIS increased by 19 percent, while overall numbers of case receipts declined by 13 percent. Today, there are many factors that may slow down a case. For example, one policy requires USCIS officers to conduct duplicate reviews of past decisions, adding unnecessary work to each case. Such inefficiencies help explain why processing times are increasing even as USCIS application rates are decreasing. To check individual processing times, please visit: https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/ Please select the appropriate Form and Field Office/Service Center to check estimated processing times for your specific case. See AILA: Why Is Your Case Taking So Long? USCIS Processing Delays Have Now Hit Crisis Levels. (https://www.aila.org/File/Related/19042400a.pdf)
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