USCIS is taking much longer to adjudicate even the simplest applications
I want to let our clients know that USCIS is taking longer and longer to process every single type of case, and although your particular case may be a very straight forward and clean case, the adjudication times are increasing.
Let me explain why we are seeing this change.The number of all other applications for other immigration cases is up 20% all over the United States, which means other cases (for example, family-based, employment-based, nonimmigrant, etc.) will take longer to be adjudicated. Even work permits and travel permits are taking 5-6 months (they used to take 3 months).
the Trump Administration is complicating immigration for everyoneFurthermore, the Trump Administration has determined that every employment-based case, where the individual has asked for adjustment to lawful permanent status, must be scheduled for an interview AND those employment-based interviews must be given priority over other types of cases (such as family and naturalization which also require interviews).
To make matters worse, the Trump Administration has determined that it will phase out the program in which immigration officers had the authority to waive interviews for certain types of cases (such as adult US citizen son or daughter petitioning for a parent). Consequently, almost all cases will now be interviewed. (Under the Obama Administration, officers had the authority to choose not to schedule an in-person interview if the information in the application packet made it clear that it was a clean case and should be approved.
I will be with you at every step of the way on this bumpy ride to a green cardThe bottom line is USCIS only has a certain number of officers and those officers can only cover a certain number of applications and interviews each day. With the new requirement that all employment-based cases be interviewed and with those cases being given priority over family-based cases and naturalization cases, combined with the new requirement that no interviews may be waived, it necessarily follows that cases will probably take longer than originally anticipated. Please know that my team is here for you, but we cannot make USCIS go faster. We wish we could magically make cases move faster through the system, but with the Trump Administration, we are all going to have a bumpy ride.