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Naturalization Processing Times at End of Fiscal Year 2008

USCIS has released the processing times for naturalization applications as of September 30, 2008.  It is worth noting that some offices are noting significant improvement (2 months or more) in comparison to the processing times from few months ago.  This is due to the increased efforts by the FBI to clear security checks faster.

Office Months Office Months
Agana, Guam 5 Memphis, Tenn. 13.5
Albany, N.Y. 5.3 Miami, Fla 9.8
Albuquerque, N.M. 5.3 Milwaukee, Wis. 7.3
Anchorage, Alaska 6.5 Mount Laurel, N.J. 5.2
Atlanta, Ga. 6.8 New Orleans, La. 14
Baltimore, Md. 7.8 New York, N.Y. 10.1
Boise, Idaho 8.2 Newark, N.J. 7.2
Boston, Mass. 8 Norfolk, Va. 7.4
Buffalo, N.Y. 7.7 Oklahoma City, Okla. 5.1
Charleston, S.C. 14.8 Omaha, Neb. 5
Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands 5 Orlando, Fla. 14
Charlotte, N.C. 14.7 Philadelphia, Pa. 8.8
Chicago, Ill. 6.1 Phoenix, Ariz. 8
Cincinnati, Ohio 5 Pittsburgh, Pa. 5
Cleveland, Ohio 6.5 Portland, Maine 5.4
Columbus, Ohio 5 Portland, Ore. 5.6
Dallas, Texas 7.3 Providence, R.I. 8.2
Denver, Colo. 5 Reno, Nev. 5.5
Des Moines, Iowa 7.3 Sacramento, Calif. 5.8
Detroit, Mich. 5 Salt Lake City, Utah 5
El Paso, Texas 8.5 San Antonio, Texas 5
Fort Smith, Ark. 6.9 San Diego, Calif. 8.3
Fresno, Calif. 6.7 San Franciscio, Calif. 5.9
Harlingen, Texas 8.6 San Jose, Calif. 8.6
Hartford, Conn. 14.4 San Juan, Puerto Rico 6
Helena, Mont. 6.7 Seattle, Wash. 8.6
Honolulu, Hawaii 5.4 Spokane, Wash. 5
Houston, Texas 8.4 St. Albans, Vt. 8.9
Indianapolis, Ind. 6.9 St. Louis, Mo. 11.3
Jacksonville, Fla. 7.8 St. Paul, Minn. 6.7
Kansas City, Mo. 7.1 Tampa, Fla. 10.1
Las Vegas, Nev. 9 Tucson, Ariz. 10.9
Los Angeles, Calif. 14.2 Washington, D.C. 9.8
Louisville, Ky. 5.9 West Palm Beach, Fla. 6.1
Manchester, N.H. 5.4 Yakima, Wash. 5
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FBI Aims to Streamline Delays Due to Name Checks

This week brought some good news from USCIS and FBI regarding the significant decline in the number of pending FBI name checks for individuals seeking immigration benefits in the U.S.   We have a number of clients who are directly impacted of such FBI security delays and we have heard numerous stories about significant processing times.  For such applicants, this piece of news should provide some comfort.

According to the numbers released by USCIS:

  • There were 269,943 name checks pending on May 6, 2008. There are 95,449 pending as of August 12, 2008; and
  • There were 185,162 name checks pending for more than six months on May 6, 2008. There are 61,817 pending more than six months as of August 12, 2008.

One of the reasons for the delays and the improvement in processing is the surge in applications in the summer of 2007.  The USCIS and FBI are slowly progressing through this surge of applications and, as a result, should be able to adjudicate security checks and the corresponding applications slightly faster in the future.

We will continue to monitor the FBI-caused delays and update as we receive more information.  If you have stories related to FBI name check delays to share with us, please contact us.

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USCIS Plans to Eliminate Backlog of FBI Name Checks

The USCIS and the FBI announced yesterday, April 2nd, a joint plan to eliminate the backlog of name checks pending with the FBI. The plan will look at the age of the pending name check and prioritize accordingly.

Many foreign nationals have had their USCIS petitions pending for very long periods of time due to the backlog in FBI name checks and this plan should come as good news to many of them.  Even in light of the Yates Memorandum of February 4, 2008, which announced changes in policy permitting the approval of I-485, I-601, I-687, and I-698 applications where the FBI name checks have been pending for more than 180 days, this joint USCIS/FBI plan is a positive development in prompt immigration petition processing.

The goal of the plan is to complete 98% of all name checks within 30 days, with the remaining two percent, which usually require more stringent review, to be completed within 90 days. These processing timeline goals and the elimination of all backlogged checks should be in place by June 2009.

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