USCIS RULES OUT FURLOUGHS
USCIS has announced that, due to “unprecedented” spending cuts and an increase in revenues, it would not go forward with the furloughs previously scheduled for August 30, 2020 – at least not until the end of the fiscal year (October 1, 2020). The USCIS Deputy Director for Policy, Joseph Edlow, stated this will come at a cost. USCIS will be cutting support activities and anticipates that this will lead to longer wait times for case inquiries and longer processing times for adjustment of status and naturalization cases. The furlough was to include more than 13, 000 employees, or approximately 70% of the USCIS workforce.