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Immigration Agency Aims to Fill Most Job Openings By End of Year

April 6, 2022, 5:29 PM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services aims to fill 95% of open jobs at the agency by the end of 2022 as it grapples with ongoing backlogs for benefits, Director Ur Jaddou told House members Wednesday.

USCIS, which adjudicates immigration benefits like green cards as well as temporary guest worker visas, has also set new internal targets to reduce wait times and plans to adopt electronic processing for most cases, Jaddou said at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the agency’s fiscal 2023 budget proposal.

The agency was under a year-long hiring freeze until midway through 2021, and a near staff ...