For the greater part of 2020, the nation slowed to a trot as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This was especially true for several government agencies, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was no exception. Through the summer, furloughs were expected at USCIS if the agency did not receive the necessary government funding to stay afloat. This is due to the fact that USCIS is largely fee-funded, and as American spending curtailed, so did filings with the agency. What USCIS experienced instead was a hiring freeze that is expected to persist even after President-Elect Biden takes office.
For USCIS, the ripple effects of said freeze have resulted in a low morale for overworked USCIS employees with no chance at promotions and who have undoubtedly started looking for jobs elsewhere. For immigrants, the freeze has meant that backlogs continue to grow and wait times, extended. And while the Biden administration is expected to return the nation to a country that welcomes immigrants, President-Elect Biden’s immigration agenda will be met with resistance due to a lack of resources.
As the Biden Administration works to better our immigration system and improve operations at USCIS, our professional team at Brown Immigration Law stands ready to help you accomplish your immigration goals. Reach out to one of our attorneys today at: 919-225-3963.