Bloomberg Law
Jan. 30, 2019, 5:00 PMUpdated: Jan. 30, 2019, 7:12 PM

Visa Decision Wait Times Reaching ‘Crisis’ Levels, Group Says (1)

Laura D. Francis
Laura D. Francis

Processing times for visas, work permits, and other immigration benefits are now so long they’re reaching “crisis” levels, the American Immigration Lawyers Association says.

Overall processing times have increased since fiscal year 2014 for 94 percent of the forms submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the association said in a report released Jan. 30.

Moreover, average processing times rose during FY 2018 even though there was a 17 percent decline in case volume from the prior fiscal year, the report said.

The increased wait times for a decision on a visa petition are no secret to businesses and their ...

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