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ICE’s FOIA Office Backlog Shows Ballooning Wait Times
Posted on 30 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The median time FOIA requests have been waiting unanswered in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s backlog has climbed 64 percent in just the last sixty days. During this period according to ICE records, receipts of new FOIA requests... Read More

Tags: wait times , backlog , FOIA , TRAC , ICE

New DOS 'Wait Time' Online Service
Posted on 3 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Visa Wait Times - for Interview Appointments and Processing : " Advance travel planning and early visa application are important. If you plan to apply for a nonimmigrant visa to come to the United States as a temporary visitor, please review the... Read More

Latest Immigration Court Numbers, August 2012: TRAC
Posted on 14 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE Requests for Deportation Orders Down 2.2 Percent; Court Deportation Orders Higher in August; Immigration Court Backlog, Wait Times Keep Rising; Cases Processed Under ICE Prosecutorial Discretion - TRAC, Sept. 13, 2012 . Read More

Wait Times in Immigration Courts Increased in March 2013; Average 555 Days!
Posted on 11 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Wait times in the Immigration Courts continue to rise. According to the data through March 2013 obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the average number of days cases have been waiting has reached 555 days... Read More

The Other Four Million
Posted on 10 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Much has been made of the estimated four million ( or more ) unauthorized people who may benefit from executive action announced by the White House and DHS last month. But the hard truth about immigration reform is that unless Congress passes legislation... Read More

The Immigration Obstacle Course: Many Paths to Green Card, Citizenship
Posted on 11 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The talk about reforming the American immigration system has focused on getting 11 million undocumented workers on the path to citizenship. It’s a simple idea that obscures a thorny truth. There is no single path to citizenship. There are... Read More

Average Wait Time in Immigration Court Rises to 667 Days: TRAC
Posted on 12 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Feb. 12, 2016 - " As of the end of January 2016, open cases in U.S. Immigration Court have been waiting for an average of 667 days, a new high. This is 3.7 percent longer than the 643 days average wait time at the end of FY 2015 (September... Read More

Going to the Back of the Line: A Primer on Lines, Visa Categories, and Wait Times
Posted on 22 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Contrary to popular belief, there is not one “line” that leads to lawful permanent residence; current immigration law provides multiple paths to permanent residency. This brief , the first in a new series of issue briefs related to the... Read More

New Report Finds Green Card Problems Likely to Grow Worse for High Skill Immigrants
Posted on 30 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Over the past several months, skilled foreign nationals have seen no improvement in their prospects for obtaining green cards and, in fact, wait times are likely to increase in employment-based immigration categories, according to a new report released... Read More

Immigration Court Backlogs and Wait Times Reach New Highs
Posted on 19 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

From TRAC on July 19, 2012 : The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts keeps rising, along with the average time these pending cases have been waiting. At the end of June 2012 the backlog reached a new all-time high of 314... Read More

Waiting Half a Life for a Green Card
Posted on 15 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"For Sergio Garcia, the magic number is 25. That's how many years he will have waited for his green card if, as he estimates, he gets it in 2019. Garcia, 36, is one of millions of immigrants seeking a green card, or legal permanent residency... Read More