USCIS Announces Fiscal Year 2023 Data: New Records Set

USCIS has released data for fiscal year 2023.

Over the past fiscal year, the agency said it has worked to reduce backlogs, improve the customer experience and address humanitarian needs.

The last financial year saw a record number of applications.

In fiscal year 2023, USCIS received 10.9 million applications and completed more than 10 million pending transactions. These are the highest numbers in the agency's history.

With this increase, USCIS has reduced its backlog by 15%.

The Agency also ensured that more than 878,500 people took the Oath of Allegiance. Thus, the average processing time for naturalization applicants decreased from 10.5 months to 6.1 months and waiting times were significantly reduced.

Improved customer experience.

USCIS, to improve the customer experience;

  • It has taken steps to reschedule biometric appointments online,
  • It allowed address changes to be made online,
  • Introduced the ability to send text messages to their extension,
  • Abolished the biometric fee and appointment requirement for those applying for a change or extension of status,
  • It paved the way for non-citizen workers to obtain permanent residency with their parents.

These measures have enabled the number of employment-based migrant visas to exceed 192,000. This is significantly higher than before the pandemic.

This year, the Agency also increased the maximum validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to five years, making the process easier for American employers and non-citizen workers.

Humanitarian needs were also met.

USCIS has also taken a number of new steps to address growing humanitarian needs around the world. More than 100,000 refugee applications were processed, more than double the amount completed in the previous fiscal year.

These interviews resulted in the admission and resettlement of more than 60,000 refugees. By the end of FY 2023, USCIS had completed over 52,000 asylum cases and interviewed more than 146,000 individuals who did not wish to return to their home countries as a result of border encounters.

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