USCIS Suffering from Budget Shortfall
2020 has been an unprecedentedly difficult year for business owners as the COVID-19 outbreak brings economic hardships upon many businesses worldwide. From prestigious and long-existing companies such as Hertz and J. Crew to small businesses like your local bakeries, countless business owners reluctantly filed for bankruptcy as they were no longer able to keep their businesses in operation.
Large corporations’ collapses are nothing as shocking as they used to be since it is no secret that the global economy is suffering from this pandemic. However, the recent statement from Josep Edlow, Deputy Director for Policy at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has become a discussion topic.
On June 25th, the USCIS website published a report on Joseph Edlow’s statement on the fiscal outlook of the USCIS. The report stated that due to the drastic drop in numbers of applicants since March, the USCIS has been bearing substantial financial burdens. This urges them to call for assistance from Congress for the organization to maintain current operations.
As a fee-for-service organization, the USCIS is highly reliant on processing fees collected from applicants. The plummeting in numbers of applicants since the end of March has been detrimental to the organization’s funding. According to estimations, by the end of fiscal 2020, the number of applications will have made a 61% drop.
Due to the lack of funding, the USCIS has decided to put many of its employees on furlough. Approximately 13,400 employees of the USCIS will have received a notice to be on furlough by July 2nd. It is currently undecided how long the furlough will last, but the USCIS has stated that it will last for at least 30 days but no longer than 60 days.
6月25日，美国公民及移民服务局政策副局长Joseph Edlow对于移民局的经济状况做出了声明。Joseph Edlow表示，由于三月底以来移民局收到的申请数量大幅下降，移民局受到了严重的经济压力，并且可能在将来会对国会申请经济扶持。