Tuesday, June 22, 2004

3.7 Million Immigration Applications on Backlog - US Working to Get Them Imported

Caribbean News details

WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. June 22: Thousands of Caribbean immigrants across the U.S. caught up in the nightmare of backlogs at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service may get reprieve soon.

The agency’s director recently announced plans to eliminate the backlog while enhancing national security. Officials have blamed the backlogs on post-9/11 regulations that required more background checks.

But late last week, officials said the agency is going to tackle the issue head-on and cut the processing time to six months or less by the end of 2006.

“By working smarter and eliminating redundancies, USCIS is bringing a business model to government,” agency officials said in a statement. “ USCIS will deliver the right benefit to the right person in the right amount of time, while ensuring that the wrong individual does not access immigration benefits.”

USCIS officials plan to cut the backlogs by implementing significant information technology improvements and ensuring integrity by instituting comprehensive quality assurance measures.

The USCIS backlog at the end of FY 2003 was 3.7 million cases. –


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