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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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Current Status

Partially in effect
March 29, 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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