September 18, 2006
USCIS Achieves Significant Naturalization Backlog Elimination
On September 18, 2006, USCIS announced that it had significantly
reduced the backlog of N-400 Applications for Naturalization after
completing 342, 290 backlogged cases. In 2004, the number of backlogged
Naturalization applications was at an astounding 3.8 million. The USCIS
significantly reduced this figure by July 2006 to 1.1 million.
Approximately 140,000 of these cases are considered under USCIS control
, meaning that they are ready for processing. Cases that are out of the
control of the USCIS include those that have pending ‘name checks,’
naturalization candidates awaiting oath ceremony scheduling, candidates
required to retake the naturalization examination and those in which
applicants have failed to respond to Requests for Evidence.
USCIS announced that N-400 Application for Naturalization processing
times will now take approximately five months. Greenberg Traurig will
continue to monitor the processing times of these and other applications
and petitions filed with the USCIS.