According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), average case processing time has increased by 91% since FY 2014*. In turn, employee anxiety has also increased and the potentially delayed employee start dates have postponed their ability to contribute to crucial business projects.
Only 12% of those surveyed said their organization’s hiring and retention strategies were not impacted by the current U.S. immigration system (Figure 6), and government policy changes related to quicker processing time (97%) and expedited filing (95%) were the most commonly cited aspects they would like to see addressed (Figure 7). Also frequently cited were better insights into USCIS processes for both employers and employees (95% and 93%, respectively; Figure 7). Even more telling is that 90% of respondents said all of the changes listed in Figure 7 are important, and three-quarters said they were extremely or very important.
Only 12% of respondents said the current U.S. immigration system did not impact their organization’s hiring and retention strategies
97% of employers cited quicker processing time as what they would like changed within the current U.S. immigration system