More good work coming from the USCIS Ombudsman. In this case, it's new recommendations to address ongoing problems with USCIS issuing employment authorization documents in a timely manner and making it difficult to quickly resolve problems when delays occur. There report can be found here. Here's a quick run down of the major recommendations:
- Establish methods at local offices to facilitate immediate resolution;
- Establish a uniform processing time goal of 45 days for adjudication and 60 days for issuance of an EAD;
- Improve monitoring and ensure real-time visibility through an automated system for tracking processing times;
- Follow established internal procedures for issuing interim EADs in cases where background checks are pending; and
- Issue replacement EADs with validity dates beginning on the date the old EAD expires.
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.