What Does the Data Say About USCIS’ Slower and Slower Adjudication Speeds?

Slow adjudications can be maddening.

Over the last year, USCIS has taken longer and longer to adjudicate applications for Green Cards, citizenship, and other immigration benefits. Data from our law firm reveals this. And this week, an association of immigration lawyers and professors stated similar findings.

But how much longer have things taken? What do the statistics say?

Wait no more: according to the association, USCIS adjudication times rose about 200% over a four-year period, from 2014 to 2018.

USCIS officers attributed the delays to a large rise in the number of applications the agency adjudicates. However, from 2014 to 2018, the number of immigration applications rose by only 4%.

The association of immigration professors and lawyers attributes the delay to USCIS’ more adversarial posture.