USCIS Furloughs Postponed
Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has announced that USCIS has agreed to postpone planned furloughs of it's employees until August 31, 2020. The furlough of more than 13,000 USCIS employees was expected on August 3 and would have dramatically reduced USCIS capacity to process and adjudicate applications at least through the end of the fiscal year (October 1, 2020). The USCIS has been requesting a $1.2 billion bailout since May of 2020, which they claim is needed to continue normal operations and maintain current staffing levels. However, given that the operations of the USCIS result in thousands of new U.S. citizens each month through the process of naturalization (834,000 new citizens in FY 2019 alone), it is unlikely that the current administration and its partners in the Senate will prioritize such funding with the election only four months away. More information will be posted regarding this critical funding issue as it becomes available.