Immigration Lawyers See Increased Processing Times for Naturalization

During the Obama Administration, N400 Applications for Naturalization were taking approximately 4 to 6 months for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process. During 2017 and early 2018, processing times increased to 6 to 8 months. Currently, it appears N400 wait times could extend well past one year. Some Immigration Attorneys are wondering if these delays are due to the current administrations animosity towards immigrants in general and wanting to stall naturalization petitions until after the 2020 election.

According to the Associated Press, over 700,000 Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) are waiting on applications to become U.S. citizens, a process that once typically took about six months but has stretched to more than two years in some places under the administration of President Donald Trump.The long wait times have prompted some immigrations advocates to ask whether the delays are aimed at keeping anti-Trump voters from casting ballots in elections. The number of immigrants aspiring to become U.S. citizens surged during 2016, jumping 27 percent from a year earlier as Trump made cracking down on immigration a central theme of his presidential campaign.

Backlogs are nothing new in the U.S. immigration system but our immigration lawyers have seen every type of case take longer since Trump was elected. It often takes years to receive asylum, conclude an immigration court case or to be deported. But naturalization — the final step to become an American citizen, obtain a U.S. passport and receive voting rights — had not been subject to such delays in recent years. Currently, the average wait time for USCIS to decide a Naturalization applications is more than 10 months. It takes up to 22 months in Atlanta and as long as 26 months in parts of Texas, according to official estimates.

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John Carrico
Lead Immigration Attorney
Family Visa and immigration Services

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