USCIS has recently launched The BEACON – the official USCIS blog. Unlike the DHS Leadership Journal, this one is all about immigration. It is also open for comments, which is a great way for readers (you) to get involved. For what it is worth, your comments will be read by someone at USCIS, because they have to review all of them.
However, it doesn’t mean you should vent your frustration on whatever post they publish, although we understand your urge to do so. What is a better way than posting on their own blog if you are unhappy with their services? But it doesn’t help anyone if most comments left by immigrants are essentially “USCIS sucks!” or something of that nature. In my personal opinion, we should give USCIS credit for starting a blog in the first place. And we want to encourage them to continue opening up more communication channels in the future. So if at all possible, please try to comment on relevant posts only, and offer constructive suggestions rather than simply demand for better services.
I have read some of the comments on this post and it appears that many of them are about visa retrogression. This one, however, is actually not USCIS’ fault. The US immigration law sets a limit on how many immigrants are allowed into this country each year, based on categories and preferences. If there are more applicants than visas available in a particular category, there will be a waiting list. In this case, regardless of how fast USCIS processes I-485 cases, they cannot approve more than what the law allows. Now sometimes USCIS may mess up and cause delays in adjudicating applications, but the fundamental problem many immigrants, especially China and India EB applicants, are facing is visa retrogression, which is frankly out of the control of USCIS.
The ultimate solution is immigration reform: increase annual caps, recapture wasted visa numbers, re-balance visa distribution (family vs. employment, for example), change per-country quota, and so on. These are the responsibilities of Congress. USCIS, as an agency, has no authority to accomplish any of that.