The immigration process over the past few years has been nothing short of stressful for those going through it. With the pandemic, delays in visas and work permits have impacted many immigrants’ abilities to work and make a living. However, recent changes have been made to the United States Citizen and Immigration Sevices this past July.

The Senate recently voted attorney Ur Jaddou to lead the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  in a 47-34 vote. Ur Jaddou is the daughter of immigrants from Mexico and Iraq and has years of experience in immigration policy. Ur Jaddou understands how immigrant families enrich the United States, and yet how they still face countless amounts of challenges.

If you have any questions regarding the recent change in leadership of the USCIS or any other concerns about your immigration status, contact our experienced New York immigration attorneys at The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David today.

What are Ur Jaddou’s goals as USCIS director?

Jaddou expressed that her top priority would be to reduce the processing times that have prevented thousands of foreign citizens and their employers from waiting months or longer for their visas and work permits to be approved. She also stated that she would like to return the agency to firm solvency and utilize 21st-century tools.

How will Ur Jaddou aid in recovering the financial deficit of USCIS?

The immigration agency is running on a revenue loss with shaky finances. The USCIS is primarily funded through application fees, however, after closing its offices and suspending in-person appointments during the early months of the pandemic, the agency will likely need to raise application fees in order to remain financially solvent and regain its employee presence. Homeland Security predicts that it will take months, if not years, to re-achieve full staffing and profits in revenue.

Although Ur Jaddou is inheriting an agency of delays and unstable finances, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated that with Ur Jaddou’s experience, she “will administer our nation’s immigration system fairly and justly.” Mayorkas also stated that he is looking forward to working with Jaddou to restore trust in our immigration system.

If you have any questions about how this change may impact you and your immigration status, it is in your best interest to retain a knowledgeable New York immigration lawyer to help you. At The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David, we are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals. Reach out to us today to schedule an initial consultation.

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Our law firm can explain all the opportunities associated with fiancé visas and help you through the entire procedure, as well as discuss whether this is a good option. For an initial consultation with a skilled immigration lawyer, contact the Law Office of Cheryl R. David in New York.