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July 8, 2007

USCIS, CIS Ombudsman 2007 annual report

Filed under: US immigration — gaali @ 10:50 pm

Everyone ( who has a US visa or knows someone who has one ) knows about the revised July 07 bulletin from USCIS. Yeah! we are all still thinking about what really happened.

I read the CIS Ombudsman Prakash I. Khatri‘s 2007 Annual Report to Congress dated June 11, 2007.

pg 33. “Based on USCIS use of visa numbers as of May 2007, at present consumption rates approximately 40,000 visas will be lost in FY 07 without a dramatic increase in USCIS requests of visa numbers.37 As illustrated below, since 1994 there have been over 218,000 un-recaptured employment-based visas lost due to underutilization of the employment-based visas”.

Looks like USCIS was in a hurry (this hurt everyone 😉 ) to capture those 40,000 visas and moved the priority dates of all employment based green cards (GC) in June ’07 bulletin. Without re-assessing the situation, original July visa bulletin (dated June 13th ’07) was published which made everything current. Having recieved about 60,000 applications in June ’07, USCIS/Department of State (DOS) then revised its July ’07 bulletin (dated July 2nd) making all the GC’s unavailable until  Oct ’07.

Now that we have lots of time before we file our GC’s, go through the CIS Ombudsman 2007 report (yeah it’s lengthy,but very intresting). It explains several aspects (inabilities) of USCIS operations, processess (esp name check delays), premium processing etc.

Did you know how USCIS is funded?.

pg 46,47 “The USCIS funding structure is one of the principal challenges to efficient and timely delivery of immigration services. The manner in which USCIS obtains its funding affects every facet of USCIS operations, including the ability to: (1) implement new program and processing initiatives; (2) begin information technology and other transformation efforts; and (3) plan for the future. Congress mandates that USCIS be self-funded. This includes covering the cost of programs for which the agency charges no fees, i.e., “unfunded mandates,” such as asylum and refugee processing and U.S. armed forces naturalization filings, as well as operational overhead and information technology modernization.”

pg 50 “USCIS also gains substantial revenue from premium processed cases. In a three-year period from October 2003 through September 2006, USCIS collected $501 million in premium processing fees and $212 million for regular processing. Since the start of premium processing in June 2001, USCIS has collected more than $800 million. The Ombudsman again notes that premium processing is less costly than regular USCIS benefits processing because fewer repeat steps are necessary, fewer employees must handle these applications, and delayed processing inquiries are eliminated. USCIS has not provided any credible data to the contrary. The margin of income that USCIS can derive from premium processing is higher than from regular processing.”

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2 Comments »

  1. Also, read this article about the bungling of the bulletins
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/06/us/06visa.html

    Comment by Shashi — July 9, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

  2. It was just a way to boost the revenue instantly. Thats the reason, they increased the filing fees and made the dates current. This way, USCIS will be inundated with “checks” from people who are waiting for GC from past X number of years.

    Comment by praveen — August 21, 2007 @ 9:18 am


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