The Washington Post reported on July 09, 2020 that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is facing delays in printing Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) for foreign nationals. This is because out of the two facilities that print these documents, the one in Corbin, KY shut down production three weeks ago. The other facility in Lee’s Summit, MO is still running but at a reduced capacity.
USCIS said that the backlog consists of about 50,000 green cards and around 75,000 EADs. The agency also said that it plans to escalate printing but it cannot say what the processing times would look like. With the August 03, 2020 deadline looming, if the agency is not bailed out by USCIS, the printing operations might be affected further.
Who is impacted?
The delay would affect foreign nationals who have been recently approved and have been waiting on their Green Cards or EAD Cards.
How long is the wait?
We can’t be sure when USCIS would be able to send out the documents. USCIS hasn’t provided any new timelines. WayLit is tracking any new developments and will update this post as we find more information.
What should I do?
Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do at this time. You’d just have to wait to get the next action items from USCIS. If you have specific questions about the impact on your status if you don’t receive your Green Card or EAD, please reach out to your employer’s partner immigration firm or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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