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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has asked Congress for $1.2 billion in emergency funding to make up for a shortfall in revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Background: Since March 18, USCIS Application Support Centers have been closed and in-person services, such as interviews and biometrics appointments, have been suspended. Those offices are scheduled to reopen June 4 unless the closures are extended. USCIS Service Centers, where immigration petitions and applications are processed, have continued to operate during the national emergency.
BAL Analysis: USCIS does not normally seek Congressional funding, and if Congress does approve emergency funding, it could attach strings, such as requiring USCIS to improve processing time frames or provide updates to Congress.
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