USCIS TRIES TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY IN PROCESSING NATURALIZATION APPLICATIONS

In July of 2007, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received a record 460,000 applications for naturalization. Moreover, for 2007, the USCIS received 1.4 million naturalization applications. This is double the normal annual volume. As a result of the record volume of applications, the USCIS announced in April
of this year that depending on the region that an applicant’s citizenship application was filed, it was taking the USCIS at least five to fourteen months. As a result, over the past few months, the USCIS has increased the number of officers adjudicating naturalization applications. Moreover, USCIS just announced that it will centralize the initial naturalization processing. Hopefully, these changes speed up the process for the thousands of individuals who are waiting to become citizens.