Bloomberg Law
July 16, 2019, 8:08 PMUpdated: July 17, 2019, 2:09 PM

Lawmakers Target Rise in Immigration Application Backlog (2)

Laura D. Francis
Laura D. Francis

Lawmakers on both sides of the congressional aisle agree that backlogs and lengthy processing times for immigration applications are a problem, though they diverged during a House subcommittee hearing on the cause.

That backlog at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services currently stands at 2.4 million cases as of May 2019, representing applications for a variety of immigration benefits such as H-1B specialty occupation visas, work permits, green cards, and citizenship. That’s resulted in mounting wait times for decisions on those applications, which advocates say are creating uncertainty for businesses to the detriment of the U.S. economy.

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