“Why is the USCIS taking so long, compared to the past two years?” Well, great question. Unfortunately, they don’t tell us the reasons for the timelines, so all we’re left to do is speculate. Now, we can probably speculate as good as anybody else, so let me speculate. I would say one factor might be the current administration. So, whatever your feels of the current administration are irrelevant. The fact is there’s a whole lot of focus being placed on immigration and when that happens, of course people get justifiably nervous. So, I would suspect a couple of things are going on here.
Number one, we probably have more applicants for all visa types across the board. People trying to get their situation, you know, get legal, for lack of a more articulate term. People trying to get legal because of a fear of deportation because there’s a lot of concern about deportations. That could be part of it.
There, there have been some policy changes from the administration and there’s been a lot more scrutiny basically on immigration. I would speculate, and again, we can only speculate because they’re not releasing this information. I would speculate that the people are perhaps being a little more careful. You know, nobody down at the CIS wants to be the next guy who lets in a terrorist. Any time that happens, it’s going to get investigated to death and they’re going to look back at the whole process. Did they come here legally? Were the honest on their paperwork? If you’re the guy sitting down here at the USCIS approving these, or you’re the person doing the interview, you don’t want to be the guy who let that person in the country who did this bad thing.
I think a combination of all these factors is probably bogging down the process a little bit and making it take a little longer. Now, we are seeing them take a little longer, but they’re not taking significantly longer. Again, we were seeing fiance visa around five or six months. Now, that’s probably creeped up to six or seven. That doesn’t mean yours will go in that time. Yours might take nine or ten or three, but on average, that’s what we’re seeing.
So, I will confirm what you’re seeing. Yes, it does seem like timelines are stretching a little bit, but we’re not going to a year. We’re not going to two years. It’s nothing like that. Over time, in the years that we’ve been doing this, we do see an ebb and flow. Sometimes, for no discernible reason. It may be a staffing issue down at the CIS. Who knows, because again, they don’t tell us why. So, we don’t know the reason. We don’t know if they’ll get longer or will they get shorter. There’s just, it kind of ties into that timeline question. It really is just a timeline question. How long will it take? Nobody knows.
What we do know is, the sooner you file it, the sooner you’ll get through the process and the better, the more perfect your application is, of course, the quicker you’ll get through the process. That’s really all you can do. Perfect the paperwork and get it filed. That’s all you can do. You can’t speed up the process really, and you really can’t worry about it. You’re either going to do this or you’re not. Whether it takes six months or a year, most people that I have dealt with would still do it.
we don’t see people saying, “I really want to marry this girl and bring her on a fiancee visa if I can get her here in six months. If it’s going to take a year, forget it. I’ll find another girl.” That’s not really what goes on, right, if you’re in love with somebody? At the end of the day, does it really matter? I mean, personally of course it’s frustrating to wait, but you’re going to do it anyway. Just get it in there and wait your turn. There’s nothing any of us can do about the timelines.