A Brewing Crisis: Immigration Services Sharply Delayed
According to a recent study by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the processing times for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased by 46% since the start of the Trump Administration. Additionally, this decrease has occurred in spite of the fact that 2018 saw fewer visa petitions than previous years.
These delays are causing ripple effects throughout the immigration process, hurting both business trying to get skilled labor, and potential visa holders trying to obtain legal status in the US. An assessment by the Houston Public Media showed that there had been additional strain on local human resource departments trying to account for the delays, and a growing fear that the cascading results would discourage growth for US companies.
The author of the AILA report, Jason Boyd, was quoted as calling the delays “crisis level”. The report attributed the delays to the Trump Administration’s confusing and substantial changes the immigration process compared to the previous Obama Administration.
Due to the level of complexity involved, and the time-sensitive nature of the process, it is best for all prospective employers or employees to get qualified legal help as early in the process as possible.