USCIS To Shorten Green Card Wait Times in Major Cities

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Immigration applicants for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) services in major cities are experiencing applications for Green Card wait times of 2 years and longer. USCIS is putting plans in place to transfer applications for permanent residence – Green Cards – out of over-burdened cities to communities with lower volumes of applications and shorter wait times.

Currently, there are 5.6 million immigration cases in the USCIS backlog, and 25% of those are Green Card applications. USCIS announced on June 17, 2019, that it will begin transferring caseloads of applicants for citizenship and permanent residency to various field offices in order to reduce the “differences in processing times based on geographic locations.”

Immigration attorney Mario Godoy of Immigration Simplified is concerned that this could place a burden on immigration applicants who live in large cities such as Chicago,

I’m very happy to see that USCIS is recognizing and addressing the unfairly long processing times are taking for many immigration applicants. But the solution to transfer the cases of applicants in big cities to distant field offices can create unfair burdens on applicants who may have to travel long distances that require time and money to visit that office. 

New policies by the Trump administration have resulted in more paperwork and longer processing times for immigration applications, such as in-person Green Card interviews, which contribute to the growing USCIS backlog. USCIS operates primarily on the revenue of application fees, which are reviewed every two years and were last increased in 2018.

An Immigration Simplified attorney can guide you through the Green Card permanent resident application process and help you file correctly the first time. We review your situation, provide you with the proper forms and help you submit your application. Contact us today to get started. Please contact our office or call us at (312) 883-9944.

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