Upcoming USCIS Furloughs Expected to Shut Down Legal Immigration. If You Are Facing an Immigration Issue, Speak with an Immigration Attorney Right Away, Before They Do
Upcoming USCIS furloughs, which could bring legal immigration to a halt, make it clear that if you are currently facing obstacles when it comes to immigration issues, such as visa or green card applications, it would behoove you to speak with an immigration lawyer as soon as possible in order to ensure that they are taken care of in a timely manner and before the furloughs potentially go through at the end of August. According to current reports, the agency is planning to furlough approximately two-thirds of its staff on or around August 30. Below, we discuss where this impact will be felt In terms of key Immigration needs, such as citizenship and work permits:
It is estimated that the agency has already disenfranchised approximately 300,000 immigrants who would otherwise have been eligible to vote entirely due to the current freeze on naturalization interviews. The upcoming furloughs are expected to affect an additional one million or so immigrants who apply for US citizenship every year.
Green Cards & Work Permits
The administration has already affected a significant number of lives by introducing delays in shipping green cards, which affects the recipients’ ability to work. The furloughs are expected to affect approximately three million more people who apply for temporary work permits each year and more than 750,000 permanent residents who need to replace or renew their green cards every year, which means they will not have the ability to work. They are also expected to affect an additional one million or so US citizens and permanent residents who are sponsoring relatives for green cards, with the corresponding 600,000+ green card applicants every year, more than 550,000 employers who are sponsoring temporary workers, and more than 150,000 employers who are sponsoring green cards.
While the administration has already taken a number of steps to destroy the DACA program in violation of the US Supreme Court’s decision, the furloughs would also affect approximately 400,000 DACA renewals each year.
Married Couples Waiting For Permanent Status
More than 150,000 married couples who are relying on a final interview with the agency in order to secure their permanent status would also be affected by the furloughs.
Changes To Temporary Immigration Status
The expected furloughs would also affect more than 200,000 applicants who are applying to change or extend their temporary immigration status, as well as humanitarian immigration and international adoptions in general.
Is This Necessary, Or A Byproduct of Intentional Policies to Restrict & Eliminate Immigration?
While the administration is claiming that these furloughs are necessary because the agency is in financial trouble, evidence suggests that this is in fact a policy choice by the administration and any financial troubles are the direct result of deliberate mismanagement and policy choices; specifically, Trump administration policies are directly responsible for skyrocketing costs; specifically, policies that very purposely increased time-consuming reviews and requirements for employment-based immigration and other processes with the goal of restricting or eliminating immigration altogether.
If You Are Facing Any Immigration Delays or Questions, Contact The Very Best in Immigration Law
If you live in North Carolina and are facing any pending immigration needs, contact the North Carolina immigration lawyers at Hauter Law Firm, PC today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.