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Immigration & Compliance Law 
USCIS furlough averted for now

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on 8/25/2020 that the agency will avert an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees, scheduled to begin Aug. 30 as a result of unprecedented spending cuts and a steady increase in daily incoming revenue and receipts.

USCIS expects to be able to maintain operations through the end of fiscal year 2020 (9/30/2020). Aggressive spending reduction measures will impact all agency operations, including naturalizations, and will drastically impact agency contracts.

USCIS Deputy Director for Policy, Joseph Edlow, said that,
"[A]verting this furlough comes at a severe operational cost that will increase backlogs and wait times across the board, with no guarantee we can avoid future furloughs. A return to normal operating procedures requires congressional intervention to sustain the agency through fiscal year 2021."

The additional cost savings come through the descoping of federal contracts that assist USCIS adjudicators in processing and preparing case files as well as a myriad of other support activities.

Anticipated operational impacts include increased wait times for pending case inquiries with the USCIS Contact Center, longer case processing times, and increased adjudication time for aliens adjusting status or naturalizing. Naturalization ceremonies will continue.

Previously, members of Congress requested that agency leadership avoid operational cuts of this magnitude. However, Congress must still act on a longterm solution that will provide USCIS with the necessary financial assistance to sustain the agency throughout FY 2021 and beyond.

This immigration alert is being sent only to company representatives.  Please distribute to your foreign national employees as you see fit.

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Leila Freijy
Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC