For a few years, there have been significant backlogs with the processing of immigration applications. Due to the pandemic, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has struggled to keep up with the number of visa applications due to office shutdowns in Louisiana, fewer employees and other logistical issues. This has led to a large number of applications simply waiting to be processed, as well as other issues that have caused a burden on the immigration system at large.
Taking steps to fight logistical issues
Last May, the USCIS announced that they would be making efforts to reduce burdens on the immigration system and taking steps to reduce the backlog of applications. Some of these things include backlog reduction goals, premium processing for certain types of applications and forms, and timely access for those seeking documents to authorize employment. This commitment was made to focus on providing fair services for both petitioners and immigrants.
While some may point to ongoing issues, there are signs that some progress is being made. Green card applications are now being processed at a faster rate, and processing for work permits has also improved. However, there are legitimate fears that a budget deficit later this year could stall improvements and slow processing times again.
Assistance for navigating the immigration system
There are many challenges associated with the immigration system, whether it’s seeking a green card or applying for a work visa. Immigrants will benefit from seeking guidance regarding their options and how they can reduce complications. Working with a Louisiana immigration law attorney may prove one’s chance of success with his or her visa application.