AILA and Partners Send Follow-Up Letter to USCIS Regarding Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act
On December 16, 2021, AILA and 13 coalition partners sent a follow up letter to USCIS regarding implementation of the provisions of the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act which were included in H.R. 8337: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, as USCIS did not provide a response to an earlier letter sent on March 1, 2021. AILA and coalition partners expressed concerns that USCIS has not yet provided its five-year plan to Congress that was due in March 2021 and urged USCIS to comply with its reporting requirement. The organizations also urged USCIS to provide an expenditure plan to Congress for funds allocated as part of H.R. 5305, the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act. In addition, the organizations urged USCIS to swiftly implement expansion of premium processing to additional form types as soon as possible and reiterated the recommendations provided in a March 1, 2021 letter to USCIS on how USCIS can implement this legislation to ensure the agency remains solvent while efficiently adjudicating immigration benefit applications and petitions.