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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Adds Workers to Handle Application Load

As the reality of deportation amnesty provided by President Obama’s immigration reform nears, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun to take preemptive action to prepare for the increased workload the potential million applicants will likely bring.

While the USCIS still needs to define more concrete standards for acceptance and other kinks in the initial proposed plan, this beginning buzz demonstrates that President Obama is serious about pushing his reform through.

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There are so many applicants expected that the government has hired an estimated 1,000 new workers and around 1,000 private contractors to supplement the current staff. This will require exceptional organization and precise efforts as the administration takes on such a challenge, especially in the face of opposition from a majority of the Republican Party. However, despite the opposition, the administration has moved forward with signing a lease for their new building and hiring new employees.

With an influx of so many applications anticipated under the new reform, the government will be relying heavily on contractors to work through the mountains of paperwork. The banking firm, J.P. Morgan Chase, is even slated to be included in the process by scanning applications and depositing checks at the Dallas and Phoenix centers. The immigration services agency will also hire another firm to handle the records for DAPA. This is where the most applications are expected to come from, with an estimated 1.9 million anticipated to apply within just the first 18 months.

In the face of such a serious workload, the USCIS reassures the public that they are fully on pace to have their workforce prepared. Though they will surely face challenges and have to work through preliminary bumps, the initiative to begin preparation shows that the administration is confident in their immigration reform.

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