If U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services more strictly monitors employees who make immigration benefits decisions, what could this mean for immigrants?
USCIS is creating an internal division to monitor and investigate agency employees and has already begun transferring workers to staff the division, according to the Washington Post.
The Organization of Professional Responsibility (OPR) division would manage investigations of fraud, abuse, waste, or misconduct among USCIS employees. Such a division suggests the agency wants to identify employees who may be too lenient in granting permanent residency or citizenship to immigrants. After the Post story was published, a USCIS spokesperson said the agency has not made a final decision and is still considering the move.
An agency within the Department of Homeland Security with more than 16,000 employees, USCIS handles more than 26,000 immigration petitions every day.
What to Do
Currently, USCIS employees are closely scrutinizing applications, taking notes, and otherwise preparing an audit trail while making decisions on cases.
The Alcorn Immigration Law team advises all immigrants applying for visas, work permits, or other immigration benefits to:
- Make sure they are eligible for the benefit before applying.
- Submit a well-prepared petition or application and supporting documents.
- Have an attorney by your side during an interview.
Many people can—and do—go through the application and interview process without an attorney. However, individuals often come to us for help after a problem arises. At that point, sometimes it’s too late—or at least very difficult and expensive—to fix. Therefore, we recommend consulting an attorney from the start to devise a strategy and options and help with the process.
We Can Help
The Alcorn Immigration Law team believes immigration leads to innovation. We help companies and individuals find the best immigration strategy based on their circumstances and goals. Contact us.