Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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.<