The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national association of more than 15,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law, released a policy brief analysis about U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) case processing delays.
Forbes reports the analysis found that USCIS’ average time to process a case increased by 46% over the past two fiscal years and 91% since fiscal year 2014. Although case receipt volume appeared to have decreased, case processing times increased substantially in fiscal year 2018.
Because of the delays, tech workers are finding the process of applying for and getting H-1Bs increasingly difficult, according to the Los Angeles Times. The article notes that AILA Vice President Jennifer Minear said, “[USCIS] delays have reached a crisis level and are the result of policies that inhibit efficiency.”