Sunday, May 27th, 2018

CISOMB Recommendation re PIMS

"The Department of State developed the Petition Information Management
Service (PIMS) to provide a method for consular officers to rapidly
confirm that individuals requesting an H, L, O, P, Q, or R nonimmigrant
visa were, in fact, the beneficiary of a corresponding petition approved
by USCIS.  PIMS allows consular officers to access and confirm USCIS
petition approval data and supporting documents online; thereby speeding
up the issuance of nonimmigrant visas while reducing costs and
heightening security. However, stakeholders report serious concern where
USCIS sometimes fails to transmit information to DOS which causes
delays in the issuance of nonimmigrant visas often resulting in personal
and financial impacts upon visa applicants, as well as economic and
operational impacts on U.S. employers.   USCIS should evaluate and
implement the proposed recommendations to help ensure the timely
processing of all nonimmigrant visa applications.<