H.R. 9225: Bill Introduced to Address USCIS Case Backlog

U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-CA 29th District) introduced the Case Backlog and Transparency Act of 2022 on Tuesday to implement new reporting protocols for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in a bid to both identify the cause of and find a solution for its overwhelming case backlog.

From 2015 to 2020, the number of pending cases increased from 3.2 to 5.8 million. Due to processing time increases, the average case now takes more than seven months from beginning to end.

Under the Case Backlog and Transparency Act, USCIS and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) must produce and publicly display a biennial assessment of USCIS' policies, processing times, and efforts to address the case backlog. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must produce a quarterly report on the case backlog, including the number of pending cases and case processing time averages.

For More Information:

Read the Case Backlog and Transparency Act of 2022 here

Read Representative Cárdenas' original press release here

Learn more about USCIS case backlogs here

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