USCIS has released the following statement, indicating that their efforts have
been paying off and that the processing
times for naturalization
applications have improved by a couple of months. The processing times still remain
very long, even after the projected reductions in wait times and we can only hope
that these will reduce as USCIS catches up with the backlog caused by the unprecedented
volume of filings last year.
The March 14 statement from Director Gonzales:
On March 11, I announced to members of the House Appropriations Committee that
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had lowered its original processing
projections for naturalization applications. Individuals who filed for citizenship
during the summer of 2007 can now anticipate an average processing time of 14-16
months for these applications. That’s a marked improvement from the 16-18
months projection we announced in January.
During FY 2007, we received approximately 1.4 million naturalization applications.
In the months of June and July of 2007 alone, we experienced an increase of nearly
350 percent compared to the same period in 2006. In addressing the significant
increase in naturalization cases, and the unprecedented increase in all immigration
applications and petitions, the professionalism and hard work of nearly 17,000
dedicated USCIS employees and contractors have been evident.
I am proud of our accomplishments. Still, we remain committed to doing even better.
And, we will continue to improve while maintaining our commitment to the integrity
of the immigration process and national security requirements.
Emilio T. Gonzalez
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security