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New Report Finds Green Card Problems Likely to Grow Worse for High Skill Immigrants

"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 by the National Foundation for American Policy...

Immigration Court Backlogs and Wait Times Reach New Highs

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 314,147. According to the very latest data obtained and...

Latest Immigration Court Numbers, August 2012: TRAC

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 .

New DOS 'Wait Time' Online Service

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 information provided below. Then select the U.S. Embassy...

Going to the Back of the Line: A Primer on Lines, Visa Categories, and Wait Times

"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 ongoing comprehensive immigration reform debate...

The Immigration Obstacle Course: Many Paths to Green Card, Citizenship

"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 hundreds." - Erin McClam, NBC News, Apr. 10,...

Wait Times in Immigration Courts Increased in March 2013; Average 555 Days!

"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 , up from 531 days at the end of FY 2012. The backlog...

Waiting Half a Life for a Green Card

"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 in the U.S., which he has called home for most of...

ICE’s FOIA Office Backlog Shows Ballooning Wait Times

"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 and monthly closure numbers have not noticeably...

The Other Four Million

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, the White House cannot reduce the current...

Average Wait Time in Immigration Court Rises to 667 Days: TRAC

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 2015) and is 17.6 percent higher than it was at the...