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Increased processing delays reported

  1. Original Date Announced

    April 13, 2018

    Data reveals substantial delays in the agency’s processing of applications and petitions for immigration benefits under the Trump administration. USCIS’s net backlog more than doubled from the end of FY 2016 to the end of FY 2017 even as its overall case volume increased just four percent during that period. [ID #726]

    "Annual Report on the Impact of the Ho Security Act on Immigration Functions Transferred to the Department of Ho Security."
  3. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    March 29, 2022

    2022.03.29 USCIS Announces New Actions to Reduce Backlogs, Expand Premium Processing, and Provide Relief to Work Permit Holders

    This Biden administration action attempts to address the Trump-era phenomenon identified in this entry.

    On March 29, 2022, USCIS announced new actions to reduce backlogs, expand premium processing, and provide relief to work permit holders.

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  4. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    December 7, 2022

    USCIS Fiscal Year 2022 Progress Report

    On December 7, 2022, USCIS released its Fiscal Year 2022 Progress Report, which indicated improvements in immigration backlogs/processing times and plans to further improve the application process for certain visa categories.

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  5. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    December 9, 2022

    Extension of Permanent Resident Card for Naturalization Applicants

    On December 9, 2022, USCIS announced an updated to the USCIS Policy Manual effective December 12, 2022 that will automatically extend the validity of Permanent Residence Cards upon receipt of a properly filed a Form N-400 Application for Naturalization.

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Current Status

Not in effect
March 29, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration
December 7, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration
December 9, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Data and Reports
Agencies Affected: USCIS


  • AILA Policy Brief: USCIS Processing Delays Have Reached Crisis Levels Under the Trump Administration

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