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Government Accountability Office Agrees to Investigate Immigration Case Backlog at USCIS as EB-5 Adjudication Times Dramatically Increase

On May 31, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus announced, “Following CHC Request, GAO Agrees to Open Investigation into Record-Breaking Immigration Case Backlog at USCIS,” in which Chairman Castro stated the following:

My colleagues in the Hispanic Caucus and I look forward to reviewing GAO’s findings. We must ensure that USCIS is meeting its Congressional mandate and is adjudicating cases in a timely manner.

The full text of the U.S. Government Accountability Office letter can be found here.    

There has been increased dialogue on visa backlogs in recent weeks. See USCIS Responds to Bipartisan Senate Letter Regarding Case Processing Delays and USCIS Releases 2018 Statistical Annual Report

In May, EB-5 practitioners were unpleasantly surprised by a USCIS publication of dramatically increased adjudication times for I-526 petitions from 21 to 29 months to 29 to 45.5 months

The GAO estimates it will take five months to assemble the required team to conduct the analysis. In the interim, to engage in this process, interested stakeholders can contact GAO through the team members cited in the congressional correspondence.

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Robert Maples, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Government Policy

Robert Y. Maples is experienced in the Washington, D.C. federal, state and public affairs arenas. He has also been an advocate for building pragmatic alliances to resolve major social issues and has pioneered strategies for addressing complex public affairs crises in collaborative versus confrontational contexts. He continues his advocacy of pragmatic alliances in furtherance of client/government collaborations among the Congress and federal agencies, and serves as state counsel on complex client public policy matters. He is experienced in complex problem solving in...