The good news is that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) decided not to furlough nearly 70% of its employees across the country. This change has saved the jobs of more than 13,000 employees and will ensure that USCIS continues to operate. However, the bad news is that USCIS will apply other aggressive spending reduction measures that will impact all agency operations. These cuts will increase government processing times for most types of applications.
We know many of our clients have already experienced the substantial government backlogs and delays in processing of applications. We recommend that clients work quickly to submit their applications as soon as possible. Because of the likely government delays, the sooner you can submit your application and put the ball in the government’s court, the faster your case will be adjudicated.