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The Ombudsman's Annual Report to Congress

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The Ombudsman's Annual Report to Congress

By statute, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman submits an Annual Report to Congress by June 30 of each year. The Ombudsman’s Annual Report must provide a summary of the most pervasive and serious problems encountered by individuals and employers applying for immigration benefits with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Annual Report also reviews past recommendations to improve USCIS programs and services.

Annual Report 2015

Ombudsman's Message

The 2015 reporting period was a momentous one for immigration. On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced significant new executive actions to help fix our broken immigration system … An ambitious undertaking, the executive actions demanded the attention of USCIS Director León Rodriguez and many key leaders in the immigration service. At the same time, longstanding challenges in existing immigration programs likewise require agency attention and action … At this inflection point in the history of our nation’s immigration policy, I believe more than ever in the Ombudsman’s statutory charge of assisting individuals and employers with problems with USCIS both through case assistance and policy recommendations.

Ombudsman Maria M. Odom's message to Congress on June 29, 2015.

Annual Report Highlights

Executive Immigration Reform: On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to “fix our nation’s broken immigration system.” Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson published at that same time multiple policy memoranda to implement the announced executive immigration reforms. These include new USCIS initiatives as well as new regulations and policies for immigration enforcement, family unity, and businesses hiring foreign workers.

Families and Children: USCIS began accepting DACA renewal applications in June 2014, continuing to provide discretionary relief to hundreds of thousands of young people.  Approximately 15 percent of requests for case assistance submitted to the Ombudsman involved DACA renewal processing delays.  This year, Secretary Johnson directed USCIS to expand the Provisional Waiver program and to clarify “extreme hardship” factors, which will assist numerous families who would have otherwise faced long periods of separation.  Additionally, in December 2014, USCIS implemented the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program.

Employment: U.S. immigration policy fosters economic growth, responds to labor market needs, and enhances U.S. global competitiveness.  In this year’s Annual Report, the Ombudsman reviews issues involving temporary nonimmigrant petitions (H-2A, H-2B, H-1B, L-1, and O-1), investor immigrant petitions (EB-5), immigrant petitions, and employment authorization applications.  As discussed in Annual Reports since 2008, the Ombudsman continues to be concerned with the quality and consistency of adjudications and the issuance of unduly burdensome Requests for Evidence.

Humanitarian: U.S. immigration law provides humanitarian relief for immigrants in the most desperate situations. This reporting period, USCIS developed and implemented the In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Central American Minors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  The Ombudsman continues to be concerned with adjudications issues and processing delays in Special Immigrant Juvenile petitions, fee waiver requests, and asylum applications.

Interagency, Customer Service, and Process Integrity: In this Annual Report, the Ombudsman focuses on the proper delivery of USCIS notices and documents; recording or withdrawal of legal representation; USCIS’ calculation of processing times; and Transformation, the agency’s ongoing effort to move from a paper-based to an electronic environment.

Complete Annual Reports and Executive Summaries

If you have difficulties accessing a file or need assistance, please contact the Ombudsmans.

Prior Annual Reports

Contact the Ombudsman

CIS Ombudsman Home Page

Last Published Date: June 29, 2015


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The 29th  Annual Inaugural Ceremonies 

Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States of America

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of the New York State

Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg

The Mayor of the City of New York

Honorable Richard A. Brown

District Attorney Queens County

Honorable Raymond W. Kelly

Police Commissioner City of New York

The Asian American Council

Michael S. Limb

Executive Chairman


Together we can become more

Innovative, Adaptive and Creative

In solving today’s problems


Reception committee Co-Chairmen

01) Tomiko Abe                    Co-Chairman of the Tokyo Chapter of the AAC

02) Dr. Louis Fujimoto         Chairman of the Japanese Affairs Committee

03) James Fan                       Director of the Chinese Affairs Committee

04) David Ignacio, Esq.        Chairman of the Filipino Affairs Committee

05) Richie Ian                        Chairman of the   Caribbean Affairs Committee

06) Mohummad Iqubal       Chairman of the International Affairs Committee

07) Lisa Su Li                         Chairman of the Inter Governmental Affairs Committee

08) Young Chul Lee             Co-Chairman of the Korean Affairs Queens Committee

09) Qasim Majeed                 Chairman of the Event Committee

10) Pea Young Ho                Co-Chairman of the Korean Business Affairs Committee

11) Jae Hack Sin                   Co-Chairman of the Korean Business Affairs  Committee

12) James Sheng                  Director of the Chinese Business Affairs Committee

13) Gun  Soo Youn               Chairman of the Korean Affairs Committee

14) Wu, Kuan He                  Chairman of the Chinese Business Affairs Queens Committee

15) Oshell Oh                       Communication Director of the International  Affairs Committee    

16) Rafael Flores                Director of Central America Affair Committee         


The Asian American Council

Request the Honor of Your Presence


The Twenty Ninth Annual Inaugural Ceremonies


Anniversary Dinner Reception


Oct. 23rd, 2013


Good Fortune Restaurant (Former East Manor) Banquet Hall

46-45 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, New York 11355

Tel 1-718-326-8988

Business Attire

Cocktail Reception                                           at 6:00 P.M.

Official Anniversary Ceremony                 at 7:00 P.M.

Dinner Reception                                             at 8:00 P.M.

R. S.V.P.

Michael S. Limb

Executive Chairman

The Asian American Council

Tel: 718-820-0300 Cell: 917-279-7410 Fax 718-820-0700

E-mail:   limb300@hotmail.


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