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Adjustment of status application processing time increases

When moving to the United States from another country or when trying to remain in this country, time is often of the essence. Unfortunately, coming into the country or working on an adjustment of status can take a considerable amount of time, and individuals and families are commonly at risk of negative outcomes. It seems that these times are only getting longer for many people.

California readers may be interested in a report indicating that processing times for many immigration-related applications are slowing down considerably. A backlog of applications waiting for review by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services already existed, but under the current presidential administration, the size of that backlog doubled in just one year's time. Since the last fiscal year of the previous presidential administration, the processing time for immigration applications has increased by 46 percent.

As a result, many individuals trying to take the necessary legal routes to address their immigration status and other issues are being left to worry. They may not be able to find employment, reunite with their families or leave dangerous predicaments. Individuals who are trying to adjust their statuses may have to wait up to 11 months for their applications to be processed, which is an increase from the eight months that it previously took.

Waiting is often the hardest part of any situation, and when parties are working on an adjustment of status or other immigration-related issues, waiting may put their livelihood at risk. Individuals in California who are facing such delays may feel as if they have a great deal on their shoulders. If they have particular concerns they may want to address, speaking with their legal counsel may be wise.

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