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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

IF IT'S SO EASY TO ADJUDICATE CASES, WHY DOES USCIS NEED A FEE INCREASE?

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USA Today reports on the rush to file applications before the USCIS' massive fee increase on July 29th. USCIS has justified the increase based on arguments that they cannot possibly adjudicate cases in a timely manner without more money for the resources needed to process so many cases. So how did they manage to adjudicate 30,000 adjustment cases over a weekend after the July Visa Bulletin was published if the agency is so tapped for resources?   If the agency has the ability to work that many cases that quickly, then why the fee increase? Of course, if they cut corners (such as skipping security checks) or didn't even work the case for which they claimed numbers...

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  1. lost again's Avatar
    These are definitely excellent questions when they face the congress...
  2. Peter Z.'s Avatar
    What a misguided article! So, of all immigration issues possible (CIR bill failure, Visagate, DREAM act, etc.), they decided to cover some nonevent -- a hypothetical "mad rush" which supposedly happened or is happening before fee increases.

    Are they trying to imply that the rush of EB applications in the beginning of July was also due to the fee increase?

    I can see how fee increases can be a problem for some low-income immigrants, and I can't say they're something we should just accept without questioning, but those journalists from USA Today really need to get some perspective!
  3. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    If you're an immigration lawyer, your perspective is different. There HAS been a big rush to file many types of cases aside from green card applications (particularly citizenship applications where fee increases have been the most severe).
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