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Migration Policy Institute
February 23, 2022

Mounting Backlogs Undermine U.S. Immigration System and Impede Biden Policy Changes
By By Muzaffar Chishti and Julia Gelatt

Processing backlogs have long been rampant across the immigration system, even well before the pandemic.At the end of FY 2013, USCIS had 3 million pending applications; the number increased to 5.7 million by the end of FY 2019, 6.1 million in September 2020, 8 million in September 2021, and about 9.5 million as of February 2022

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