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It is no secret that the U.S. immigration system has had some serious setbacks over the last few decades that have led to serious problems for both new immigrants looking to visit, work or attend school in the U.S. as well as for long-established legal residents and U.S. citizens trying to bring family members into the U.S. The “problems” of the past, however, seem minor in comparison to the epic failures that immigrants are dealing with under the current immigration regime. Problems born of regular changes in leadership in Washington, the pandemic and changes in the political climate caused by fickle politicians have led to unprecedented levels of complexity and confusion to the administration of immigration unlike any time in history.
In many of my articles over the last year, I have highlighted the ongoing problems with processing times, irrational delays or rejections of applications and any number of unexplained and unexpected problems from immigration. One of my articles last month talked about nontraditional options available to people facing this bureaucratic nightmare. I explained that contacting congressmen and senators was becoming more and more necessary since the average applicant has no influence whatsoever in resolving problems randomly thrown out by US Citizenship and Immigrant Services (USCIS). This advice was for those individuals who do not have the time or money (or stomach) to sue the federal government. Fortunately for those who are still suffering the immigration nightmare without the ability to tackle complex litigation, there are those who can and do attempt hold these bureaucrats accountable.
Syracuse University recently published a report indicating that by the end of Fiscal Year 2022, over 6,000 lawsuits will have been filed against the federal government since FY 2021 to compel action from U.S. immigration authorities. Compared to FY 2021, this is about a 50% increase in lawsuits. This is despite the pledge from President Biden to address the historic backlogs in immigration. Biden’s main attempt so far has been to try increasing the number of employees working in USCIS. Sadly, adding even more employees has only shown incremental reductions in the backlog of pending cases.
For those seeking resolution to their immigration problems, it is important to remember that this will absolutely not happen anytime soon and that you will need to adjust at work and at home to deal with this reality. One of the best ways of dealing with these problems is to avoid them in the first place. I am not talking about refraining from filing for immigration, but instead, seeking qualified assistance that will increase your chances of success in the first place. It is possible to avoiding unnecessary delay or denials from immigration if things are done right in the first place.
If you need assistance filing for a new process or are wondering about the status of your ongoing case, please contact our office to schedule a consultation so we can help you avoid costly problems and unnecessary delay. You can do this by calling our office at 616-805-3435 or by using the following link to schedule an appointment online: