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U.S. Immigration Officials Detail Plans to Trim Benefits Backlog

Feb. 2, 2022, 11:34 PM

Tackling protracted wait times for immigration benefits remains U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ top priority in the Biden administration’s second year, agency leaders said Wednesday.

The agency, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, has added new staff, reduced the level of documentation required of applicants, and waived some interview requirements, senior leadership said during a virtual public briefing.

USCIS is also developing a new proposed fee schedule that it will seek public input on. And it’s aiming to fully digitize its processes, a shift that leadership said will make the agency more nimble in managing applications.

“Theoretically, we ...