Over the last few months, immigrants hoping to complete the citizenship, visa or green card process have had to wait. Due to several global and economic factors, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has seen a dramatic slowdown in the naturalization process. While this may be frustrating to some in Florida, it could actually be beneficial for others looking to reach specific immigration goals.

The slowdown could help those who still have open processes who need additional documentation and evidence in order to meet their goals. The slower process allows some to obtain what they need to move forward, as it can be a lengthy and frustrating process to secure paperwork and other necessary documentation. A measure was also implemented to provide more flexibility on delivery deadlines for immigrants, but it was set to expire at the beginning of the month.

The USCIS just announced it would be giving applicants more time to respond to requests sent between March 1 and Sept. 11, 2020. It is common for the USCIS to request additional information or to send notices that require a response. Some of these may include Notices of Intent to Deny, Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Revoke and more.

Because of delays, slowdowns in processes and other complications that can arise with the naturalization process and other immigration processes, it is helpful for a Florida applicant to work with an experienced attorney. Whether seeking a green card, applying for a specific type of visa or navigating the citizenship process, no one has to do this alone. With help, it may be possible to avoid unnecessary setbacks and frustrations.

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