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USCIS Updates Projected Naturalization Processing Times

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it continues to make steady progress in reducing the significant number of naturalization applications it received last year.   USCIS now anticipates naturalization application processing will average 10-12 months nationally by the end of September 2008 – a substantial improvement from its estimated average processing time of 16-18 months first announced last year.

"USCIS is committed to providing customers with clear expectations and regular updates about the agency's progress to reduce its backlog," Acting USCIS Director Jonathan Scharfen said.   "We are working steadily toward achieving our goal of processing all naturalization applications within five months by this time next year."

During Fiscal Year 2007, USCIS received 1.4 million naturalization applications, nearly double the normal annual volume.   In July alone, USCIS received 460,000 applications for naturalization prior to the implementation of its July 30, 2007 fee increase.   As a result, average processing times significantly increased.  

In response to the surge in applications, USCIS implemented a work plan to reduce the backlog, including implementing an aggressive hiring plan and expanded work hours.  As a result of this effort, USCIS anticipates completing more than one million naturalization applications by the end of this fiscal year, including most of the applications received during the summer of 2007.

For the rest of this article please feel free to visit www.uscis.gov.

Chuck Hollis

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