Skip to main content


USCIS Adds Pages to Immigration Forms

By January 9, 2023January 11th, 2023No Comments

An extraordinary backlog of immigration cases is affecting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently. In 2022, there were more than nine million applications in various categories that were still awaiting revision. One of the main reasons for this backlog includes the drastic increase in the length of the paperwork which is increasing the amount of time and attention each individual case requires.

Ever since the USCIS agency was established back in 2003, and up until this past year, 2022, the total length of immigration forms has rapidly grown from 193 pages to an astonishing 701 pages. That is an increase of 508 pages throughout the past nineteen years. In addition, the length of the form instructions is not included in any page counts, although they have grown significantly as well. As a result, the lengthier forms inevitably take longer for the agency to complete since every answer to a question must be manually entered and checked.

Aside from increasing the number of pages to immigration forms, the agency has also incorporated additional questions that require an enormous amount of information in response. Without consulting Congress, the USCIS is imposing huge increases in the procedural barriers to receiving immigration assistance. However, the agency is becoming less effective at its work as a result of the hundreds of extra pages of material, which is evidently delaying applications and growing backlogs to unthinkable sizes.

Jeelani Law Firm, PLC

JEELANI LAW FIRM, PLC is regarded as one of the top immigration law firms in the industry. We handle all immigration matters including family based adjustment of status/green card cases, citizenship filings, representation of businesses and employees when filing L1A/B Petitions, H1B petitions, and Permanent Labor petitions. Our firm also litigates immigration cases dealing with delayed adjudications as well as appellate matters before the U.S. Federal Courts, U.S. Immigration Courts, USCIS and the BIA. Given the complex nature of immigration law, inexperience can lead to many mistakes which may result in delays, denials, and loss of filing fees and valuable time. Contact our office and we will take care of the rest.